Dennis Malcolm Dalziel

Memorial: Hanham - High Street

Regiment: Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Fusilier 14824703

Parents: Victor and Lilian Dalziel

Home address: Fair View, 4 Common Road, Hanham, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Apprentice at Peckets Foundry, Soundwell, Bristol

Date of birth: 23/06/1926

Place of birth: Keynsham, Bristol

Date of death: 08/04/1945

Buried/Commemorated at: Groesbeek Memorial (Panel 4.), Canada

Age: 18

Further information:

Dennis Malcolm Dalziel served with the 4th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died: Missing presumed dead 8.4.1945. Letters from the War Office reported the following ‘He was out on patrol when he was seriously wounded by fire from an enemy automatic weapon and, owing to the prevailing conditions attempts to reach him were unsuccessful'

Extract from ‘Not Just a Name on Stone’. Dennis had two elder brothers, three older sisters and two younger sisters. His father was confined to a wheelchair and was well known around Hanham, delivering and selling newspapers. Dennis attended Christchurch School and Hanham Road School, leaving at 14 years old to take up an apprenticeship. One of his workmates told of how Dennis came to work one morning with his deferment papers. On reading them, he threw them into the furnace saying ‘I want to go in the army.’ He later joined the army and in a letter he wrote home, from Quebec Barracks in Northampton, thanks his mother for the letters and parcels. The parcel, which arrived a day before the letters, contained a cake and he writes, ‘it was just what I needed’

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information is based by kind permission on the following sources:
1) Booklet ‘Not Just a Name on Stone’ by Hanham Local History Society
2) Thanks to Mr R Crew and Mrs. M Antill of Hanham Local History society for their help
3) Jo Hurst, researcher on the South Gloucestershire Second World War Stories Project