Dennis was born on 21 October 1921 at Station Rd, West Dereham to Geoff and Joyce.
When Dennis was born my great aunt Millie and her husband Jack had been trying for a baby for 8 years. I don't know the circumstances but it was decided that Millie and Jack would have Dennis from Geoff and Joyce and bring him up. He went to Downham Grammar School and by all accounts did quite well. I have lots of pictures (including the blog photo at the top here) which show that he spent a lot of time with his grandma Jessie, as well as his aunt Mary.
During the war he was in the RAF (he worked as a radio mechanic) and served in the Middle East.
Dennis was married from Millie's house at 96, Bexwell Rd, Downham Market in August 1946. I also believe that my parents lived with Millie and Jack when they were first married.
After the war he trained as a Public Health Inspector, and worked mainly in Wisbech. In April 1959 he started work for Hunstanton UDC. The family moved there at Easter 1959.
He was never happy in Hunstanton, and a deep depression set in from which he never recovered.
He took his own life on 11th August of that same year at the Sandringham Hotel, which has since been demolished. (His office was situated there). He is buried in Downham Market cemetery.
My next post will be one that I have been wanting to write for many years about how his death and absence affected our family, and me in particular.