Date added: 16 Oct 2015
Samuel Denner was born in Matlock, Derbyshire in 1792 according to his attestation papers. He joined the 23rd Light Dragoons on 1806, at the age of 14. He was therefore present at Talavera in 1809, during which the 23rd were involved in a charge that lead to a concealed ditch and disaster for some, but the charge was successful. After Talavera they were sent home and used as militia in England and Ireland. They were part of the 1815 Hundred days campaign and served at Quatre Bras and at Waterloo, as part of the 3rd Cavalry Division under von Dornburg, having a day full of defensive counter-charges. Sam survived unwounded. He served in the 23rd LD until they were disbanded in 1817, when he transferred to the 7th Lancers under the name Dunner, which he used thereafter. In 1825 he was discharged as unfit due to rheumatism and varicose veins. In 1826 Samuel married Elizabeth Harding (from Mancetter, Atherstone in Warwickshire) in Marylebone London. He was by then employed as “Horse Patrol”. They had 8 children, three sons and five daughters. Samuel and Elizabeth after 1835 lived in Lordship Place, Chelsea where he was a chandler and coal merchant. In 1857 he surrendered his army pension to become an in-pensioner at Chelsea Hospital. Samuel passed away in 1863 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road in London. Elizabeth passed in 1877 in Wandsworth, at the home of her daughter and is buried in the same cemetery but some distance away from Samuel .
The informant is the direct great, great, great grandson of Samuel and Elizabeth through their third son John, who became a policeman in Kingston upon Thames. His son Samuel joined the 44th Essex Regiment in 1879 and served 1879-1892 , some of this on Wolseley's expedition up the Nile to relieve Gordon. His son, Samuel, joined the 14th Kings Own Hussars in 1911 and served in Mesopotamia during WW1.
Two further great grandsons, Henry W J. Beauchamp Private RAMC 1883-1915 and Albert E Beauchamp Private 240130 1st/6th Bn., East Surrey Regiment made the supreme sacrifice in WWI . Henry W. J. Beauchamp in France on 25 April 1915. Albert E Beauchamp perished as a POW in Yarbashi POW camp in Anatolia, Turkey on 29 October 1916, after Townshend's surrender at the siege of Kut El Amara, in now Iraq. Henry is remembered on the Menin Gate Ypres Memorial; Albert is resting in the CWGC cemetery in Baghdad North Gate.