Frank Edward L. Denny was born and brought up in Suffolk and moved to Essex before the war where he worked as a gamekeeper. He enlisted into the army at Chelmsford and landed in France in August 1915. He was killed in action in October 1916 during the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme.
Frank was born in 1890 in Helmingham, Suffolk, the son of Edgar Denny (1858-1937) and Ellen Denny (nee Ruffles) (born 1859).
He was three months old when recorded by the 1891 census, living with his parents and three older siblings in Helmingham, Suffolk. A decade later the next census recorded him, aged ten, with his parents and six siblings in Copdock, Suffolk, where his father was a stockman on a farm.
By 1911 Frank was in Essex as the year's census found him boarding in New Cottages near Great Braxted Hall, Great Braxted. He was a gamekeeper.
DENNY, FRANK ERNEST L*,
Private, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment
During the First World War Frank enlisted in Chelmsford and served as Private 12754 in the 9th Battalion of the Essex Regiment. He landed in France on 24th August 1915 and was killed in action on 18th October 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument in France (Pier and Face 10 D), the Moulsham War Memorial at St. John's Church, Chelmsford (where his surname appears as 'Denney'), and Hasketon War Memorial in Suffolk.
His precise connection with Moulsham has yet to be identified.