Research by volunteer, Betty McCann, has unearthed further information about Denis James Fallon, who we last read about on the blog in March 2013.
Fallon was born on 3 December 1896 in Lower Villiers Street, Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, to parents Denis and Mabel Edith Fallon. His father, Denis, was a printer and compositor, originally from Ireland, who died in 1905 aged 45 years old. His mother Mabel (nee Morris), was born in Tettenhall, and later remarried in 1906 to a William John Fletcher. By 1911, Denis was a Hardware Warehouseman, living at 119 VIlliers Street with his mother, stepfather, 2 sisters, 1 stepsister and 3 stepbrothers.
Denis Fallon became a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery during the First World War (regiment number 63256), being one of the few in his regiment to survive the Battle in the Somme in 1916.
After the war, Denis married Alice E. Hatton on 2 August 1924 at St Luke’s Church, Blakenhall, and they lived at 22 The Crescent, Parkfield Road, Wolverhampton. They had at least one child, a daughter, Doreen, baptised 14 March 1925. Denis died on 3 December 1980 at the age of 84.