Edward DENSLOW

Year of Birth:  1888

Place of Birth:  Wambrook, Somerset, England

Date of Enlistment:  25 January 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  8 April 1915, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Star of England A15

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  15th Australian Infantry Battalion – 1 to 23 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  1737

Died:  8 August 1915 – Gallipoli

 

Private E Denslow – photo courtesy John Oxley Library – SLQ

 

Edward Denslow was born in Wambrook, Somerset, England in 1887 to Edward Denslow and Harriet Knight.  He was the second eldest of seven sons and three daughters, Benjamin 1886, George born 1889, Gilbert John 1890, Albert 1892, Lily Kate 1896, Percy 1898, Lucy Annie 1900, Sam 1904 and Alice in 1909.  At the age of 13 he was a farm boy living with his family in Wambrook, Somerset but by the age of 19 he had emigrated to Brisbane, Australia on the RMS Ortona arriving on 15 August 1907.

By 1913 he was living on the Atherton Tablelands working as a labourer at Carrington Falls, Atherton and a miner at Zillmanton in the Chillagoe district.

On his enlistment in Cairns his age was 27 years 4 months, his occupation a Labourer and next of kin was his faher W.Denslow, Lansen, Wanbrook, Somerset. His height was  5 feet 7 inches,  weighed 161 pounds with a a dark complexion, grey eyes and black hair.  He was Church of England.

Edward Denslow embarked from Brisbane on 8 April 1915 on the Star of England and joined his battalion on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 2 June that year.  On 8 August 1915 he was reported missing in action.  A Court of Enquiry was convened in April the following year and it was ascertained that Private Denslow was killed in action on 8 August 1915. He is remembered at the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Privince, Turkey.

 

HMAT Star of England A15 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial

 

 

Online Resources

NAA: B2455 Denslow, E., National Archives of Australia

Ancestry Family Trees

Australian War Memorial

Immigration to Queensland, Qld State Archives

Photograph of E Denslow, John Oxley Library, SLQ

Photograph of Star of England A15 – Australian War Memorial

 

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