Dennis DUDDY
Rank: Private
Number: 14558
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 28 April 1918
Age: 38
Cemetery: Not Known

The 1901 Census records that Dennis, then aged 20, had been born in Marple and was still living there working as a railway engine cleaner. He was probably related to Joseph Duddy who also came from Marple

Dennis enlisted at Stockport and his service number confirms that this was in September 1914, quite soon after war was declared. He was fatally wounded during the Battle of the Lys and died in a military hospital in Boulonge.

During the initial research for this project in 2003, it did not appear that Dennis was commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Since then, a nationwide group of volunteers has been undertaking a detailed cross-check of the death certificates issued by the army against the Commission’s database to identify men who are not officially commemorated. This exercise revealed that Dennis was, indeed, commemorated – but under the name of Casey.

Dennis’ service papers are amongst the minority that survived a fire in the 1940s and they suggest a possible reason for the two names. In 1907, he married a widow called Eliza Casey and it seems that, from that time, he decided to take her name. When he joined up, it was under the name of Casey but his military records show that, the following month, he made a formal declaration that his name was Duddy.


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