Lieutenant EDGAR DENT DENT of the 2nd battalion Irish Guards was killed in action on 12 April 1918, aged 27.
He was a remarkable shot having been trained in rifle shooting from boyhood and took part in many competitions at Bisley and elsewhere. He was commissioned in 1907 into the 3rd Volunteer Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment and continued to serve with them when the battalion became the 20th Londons. In 1914 he joined the reserve battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and was later posted to the Royal Irish Fusiliers with whom he fought at Fromelles in May 1915. A few weeks later he was severely wounded at Flerbaix and on recovery transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.
In 1916 he was posted to East Africa but had to return for surgery, continuing to serve at home with the RFC after release from hospital. Recovering from an attack of appendicitis he joined the Irish Guards and left to join his battalion only 12 days before his death.
He is buried at the MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION III. F. 40.
Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at Christ Church, Lee.
He was the only son of Mr and Mrs Alfred Dent of 55 Lee Park, Blackheath. In 1915 he married Isobel McNab of Charlton.
An obituary appeared in The Times of 24 April 1918.
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