war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

Service Record Notes


Record of Service.
No 756. Denne Richard Keith. Corps. R. E. Cinque Ports Fortress.
Address - Sea Baths, Marine Parade, Dover.
Age - 33 years - 320 days.
Trade - Plumber and Whitesmith.
Have you served in any branch of His Majesty’s forces - Yes, R. E. Cinque Ports Fortress. 
Are you desirous of serving in the Royal Navy - Yes (not at present)
Next of kin - Mrs Elsie Louisa Denne, Sea Baths, Marine Parade, Dover - Wife.
Particulars of Marriage.
Elsie Louisa Dunford - spinster - 4th September 1917, Dover. Sea Baths, Marine Parade, Dover.
Children - Alfreda Louisa 18th June 1908, Dover.
Joined at Dover 21/10/16.
Services of 756. Denne R. K.
C. P. R. E. Posted sapper 21/10/16.
Appointed 2nd Cpl.6/6/18
Transferred to class “Z” army reserve on demobilisation 27/2/19 at Chatham.
Home address - Sea Baths, Marine Parade, Dover.
Died from influenza and double pneumonia at Crabble Farm Nursery, River 14/3/19.
Notification of the Death of a Soldier.
Died at home.
Next of kin - Mrs E. L. Denne - Wife.
Address The Baths, Sea Front, Dover. (crossed out is Crabble Farm Nursery, River)
Regt. No. 544127. Rank Spr.
Name R. K. Denne.
Year 14/3/19.
Influenza & double pneumonia.

Mr Denne was probably the Manager of Dover Bathing Establishment which was open, tides permitting, from 7am till 8pm on weekdays and on Sunday mornings. A half hour session in the tepid seawater swimming baths cost 6d, towels and swimming costumes included. Available for hire were also boxes, from which to swim in the sea. Mr and Mrs Denne also offered swimming lessons, at the rate of 12 for 10 shillings.


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