Diamond War Memorial Project

Seaman Gunner John Joseph (Jack) Dennis

Royal Navy Reserve. Regimental Number 5711A
Born: ---- Died: 1915-05-13 Aged: 20 Enlisted: ------

Name recorded on the Plymouth Naval War Memorial, Devon. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of James (born Armagh, 1865/66, worked as a railway engine driver for the Midland Railway, died on April 1, 1919, and was interred in Ardmore Burying Ground) and Mary (born Antrim, 1874/75) Dennis, 43, Clooney Terrace, Waterside, Derry. Brother of Mary Florence (possibly married Jack, second son of John Noble, cattle dealer, 21, Chamberlain Street, Derry, at St Columb's R.C. Church, Waterside Derry, on January 31, 1924) and Stewart Gerald Dennis.

Gunner Dennis was drowned on board the ill-fated battleship H.M.S. Goliath, which was sunk at the Dardanelles. He was engaged for over four years with the Cunard Company, and his last position, before being transferred to the Goliath, was wireless operator on the Asquitania.

On the first anniversary of the death of Gunner Dennis his family had the following tribute inserted in a Derry newspaper:

'In a Foreign shore he sleeps to-day,

A mother's pride and joy;

He did his part with manly heart,

My brave, my noble boy.'