Queen’s south Africa, 5 bars, 1914 Star Trio, Private William Dennis, 3rd Militia Bn Sussex Regiment, later Driver in the Royal Engineers for WW1.
QSA officially impressed: “7846 Pte W. Dennis, Rl: Sussex Regt”
1914 Star trio officially impressed: “12136 Dvr: W. Dennis. R.E.”
On silk ribbons.
William Dennis, was born during 1878.
He served in the 3rd “Militia” Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment as a young man in the Boer War.
The Royal Sussex Light Infantry Militia formed the 3rd Battalion. Embodied in December 1899 they embarked for South Africa to take part in the Second Boer War in March 1901, Most of the officers and men returned home on SS Dominion in August 1902, after the war had ended 2 months earlier.
As soon as he returned home and left the Militia, he joined on for full time service with the Royal Engineers circa 1902.
With the outbreak of World War 1, William Dennis, at the time serving in the Royal Engineers, was one of the first to land into France with the “Old Contemptibles”.
He landed there on 18th August 1914.
Admitted to hospital from 4th Nov to 18th Nov 1914 for a sprained ankle.
Being discharged on 7th January 1916.