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Walter Dennison

Walter Dennison

Male 1910 - 1941  (31 years)

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  • Name Walter Dennison 
    Born 1910  West Ham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • GRO Birth
      Walter Dennison
      Jun Q 1910
      West Ham Registration District
      Mother : Bennett
    Gender Male 
    Census 2 Apr 1911  81 Burrard Street, Custom House, West Ham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Age: 1 
    Died 17 Jan 1941  At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • At 7.45 am on 17 Jan 1941, Walter Dennison was serving as a Greaser on the Almeda Star when she was about 35 nautical miles north of Rockall in the Western Approaches and hit amidships by a torpedo fired by the German U Boat U-96 causing her to stop. The ship did not immediately sink but was subsequently hit by two further torpedos. Despite launching four lifeboats and with people still on deck, U-96 opened fire with her deck gun. A fourth torpedo was fired which exploded in her forepart and within three minutes she sank by her bow.
      Almeda Star had transmitted a distress signal and the Royal Navy responded by sending seven destroyers that searched the area but all 360 people on board were lost and U-96 escaped undetected.
      He is commemorated in Part IV, Panel 5 of the Tower Hill Memorial, London, England.
    Person ID I4314  Jeffrey World Tree
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2016 

    Father Charles Robert Dennison,   b. 1878, West Ham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Laura Bennett,   b. Abt 1877, Earlsham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1900  Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • FreeBMD Marriage
      Charles Robert Dennison
      Laura Bennett
      Mar Q 1900
      West Ham 4a 158
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Tower Hill Memorial, London, England
    Tower Hill Memorial, London, England
    Almeda Star
    Almeda Star

  • Sources 
    1. [S130] GRO Birth Index.

    2. [S23] 1911 Census.

    3. [S2] FreeBMD Marriage.