Dent, Edgar Dent


War Service:
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.


Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at Christ Church, Lee.

He was born Edgar Dent Schachte in Lewisham Registration District in 1891, the only son of Alfred and Ada Dent of 55 Lee Park, Blackheath. Alfred was a member of the Stock Exchange and was born in Lewisham in 1858 died in 1921. His wife Ada was born in Madras, India in 1858. At some stage, presumably during the First World War they took the surname Dent, his mother's maiden name. From his Obituary "He was married in 1915 to Isobel McNab of Old Charlton".

An obituary appeared in The Times of 24 April 1918.

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