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Charles Murray Denton was born in  Burton, Denbighshire, Wales in 1879. His parents were George Henry Denton (1851 – 1922) and Annie Grace (1850 – 1937, nee Simpson). Charles was the middle child of three, having an older brother named Henry Vyvyan Denton (b. 1877) and a younger sister named Dorothy Grace Denton (b. 1883).

Charles was schooled at Arnold House Preparatory School (census 1891) and then studied at Eton.

Charles Denton married Anita Mayor during the forth quarter of 1903 at Chertsey, Surrey.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Charles and Anita were living at Eastor, Hill Road, Haslemere, Surrey. They had one son, George Murray Denton (1905 – 30th July 1996). Charles occupation at that time was recorded as being a civil engineer.

Charles and Anita had a second son, Charles Gordon Denton who was born in 1914.

Information from relatives: “… Charles trained as a surveyor/engineer before the war, and left Eton in 1893”

The London Gazette of 9th December 1914 notes the commissioning of Charles Murray Denton as a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser on Saturday 06 February 1915 carried the news that he had been appointed Temporary Captain.

It would appear that during the early war years Charles was employed outside of an operational theatre, possibly seconded to a training establishment in the UK, a Special Assignment or Staff job.

A supplement to the London Gazette sees Captain C M Denton ‘restored to the establishment’, 18th July 1917. which was the day he sailed to France to join his Battalion in the field. Charles is mentioned in the 1/4th Battalion History as ‘arriving’ with the Battalion on 7th August 1917 along with 34 Other Ranks.


Captain Charles Murray Denton (Credit: Carden of Moslesey)

Very little else is known about Charles Murray Denton’s war service and his service papers do not appear to be available at the National Archives. He died of tuberculosis on 7th December 1922.

On 12th November 1923 Anita applied for the British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal to which her late husband was entitled and the following month, on the anniversary of her husband’s death the Surrey Mirror (Friday 07 December 1923) recorded her name as being amongst those people who had donated parcels and gifts to Cottage hospital in connection with the recently opened Limpsfield War Memorial.

Annie Denton passed on 9th February 1930, aged 51.

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