South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

Private Dennis Bull.

Dennis Bull was born in 1890 in the Shifnal area. He was the son of Fanny Bull, a domestic servant and was probably a cousin of Samuel Bull. Fanny married William Pinches, a farm waggoner from Cleobury Mortimer. By 1911 Dennis was living in Pattingham with his mother and step-father and working as a farm labourer.

Dennis joined up on the outbreak of war in August 1914. He went to France in July 1915 with the 7th King's Shropshire Light Infantry. The Battalion saw action at the Battle of Bazentin Ridge (1916), The Battle of the Ancre (1916), The Battles of Arras (1917), Ypres (1917), Somme (1918).

Dennis married Jane Winifred Underwood whilst on leave during the summer of 1918.

On 2 Sep 1918 7th KSLI was involved in Second Battle of Bapaume when 8th Brigade was given the objective of taking the high ground around Lagnicourt. The attack was successful but at high cost to the 7 KSLI. Dennis Bull was killed in action during the battle. He is buried in Vaulx Hill Cemetery.

Private Dennis Bull, 13174, 7th Battalion KSLI, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star.

The Roll of Honour in Pattingham Church includes the names of William, John, Thomas and George Bull.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.