John Hampden Grammar School

Dennis Fane


Dennis was born on 15th August 1896 in High Wycombe. His parents were Aubrey and Alice and his father was a postman, formally a chair maker. He had one younger sister and two brothers Victor, who died aged 23 on May 22nd 1918 and who is buried in the Verrenes Military Cemetery, and Stanley. He attended the School in 1914, studying cabinet making, and the RGS (1908 – 11).

The family lived in 1911 in 16 Brook Street along with Alice’s mother although at the time of Dennis’s death they had moved to 81 Desborough Road. He was a polisher and cabinet maker.

He joined the East Surrey Regiment (7th Battalion) in Oxford although the RGS memorial lists him as being in the Hampshire Regiment. He was killed aged 20 on May 3rd 1917 (during the Battle of Arras) and his body was never identified. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial.

His listing with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission can be found here.