Frederick George Warren Ryan was born in Surrey in 1895. He joined the Navy and trained at Chatham before serving on HMS Diamond during World War I.
William Dennis was born in 1896, in Chesham, Bucks, he was the eldest son of Gilbert & Bertha Marshall. Gilbert ran a garage in Waterside, but when he left school William, joined Lloyds Bank and became a junior clerk at their Marlow branch, he enlisted in 1915 and joined the 10th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). He was posted to France where he was wounded twice and slightly gassed, he was then badly gassed in an attack on 11th May 1918 in France, and died of wounds on 22nd May at Rouen Military Hospital and is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension in Rouen. William can be seen here with younger brothers Norman & Alan.
James George Merkett, was born in Clewer, Berks in 1896, his parents were Frederick & Emily Merkett. He served in France with the Somerset Light Infantry, the 21st Battalion of The London Regiment, and as a rifleman in the 1st Battalion of the 1st Surrey Rifles. He was wounded three times in battle the last time on 30th May 1918 proving fatal, he is buried at Pernois British Cemetery, Somme, France and remembered on The Clewer War Memorial.
Leo Redver Ryan joined the Navy during World War I, to read his story please click on his picture.
Here are a few of the brave men on Paul’s side of the family who served their country during World War I & World War II.