Born in Birkenhead on 11/7/1917. Died in Henley on 24/10/2016.
Father was Arthur who was Chief Clerk to the Birkenhead Corporation.
Denis was one of two brothers. Graham the elder died in 2007 aged 93. It was remarkable that in later life both brothers worked in local government as Town Clerks.
1922 Denis started at the School. He recalls during his time attending two world scout jamborees.
1934 after leaving the School Denis went into law and became articled to the Town Clerk of Birkenhead. Whilst in ‘articles’ he attended Liverpool University and in 1937 gained his Bachelor of Law degree and 1939 his Masters.
1939 - 1946 War Years:
Joined the army and was posted to Catterick.
April 1940 he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and joined the Shropshire Yeomanry Royal Artillery and was soon appointed Assistant Adjutant.
1942 promoted Captain and moved to a new Field Regiment formed in Southend.
1943 he applied to join Combined Operations Bombardment unit and was accepted.
1944 he was heavily involved in practice for the D Day landings at Slapton Sands along with US troops.
6 June 1944 took part in D Day landings, landing in Normandy at St Aubin Sur Mer where he remained to help to secure.
1 November 1944 Denis joined up with Royal Marine Commandos in Ostend for an attack on Westkapelle in Netherlands.
1946 posted to Cyprus as a Staff Captain and in his words "I enjoyed good food and wine for 6 months"!
First Asst Solicitor, Wolverhampton Co. Borough, 1946-49;
Dep. Town Clerk of Co. Boroughs: Warrington, 1949-57; Bolton, 1957-63; Sheffield, 1963-66;
Town Clerk and CEO, Sheffield, 1966-74.
Member: Advisory Council on Noise, 1970-79;
Cttee on the use of valuers in the public service, 1972-73.
Mem. Council, 1975-82, Pro-Chancellor, 1980-82, Univ. of Sheffield.
Hon Sec., Trustees, building of Crucible Theatre.
JP City of London, 1976-86.
Denis will be laid to rest on 21 November 2016 in Henley next to his wife, Marion (d – 1989)