Luke Denham (1897-1950)
A Newfield born man, a member of the freemasons, served with the RFA as a driver
Luke Denham was born in Newfield, Durham on 30 December 1897. His father was George Denham from Soft Hill, County Durham. His mother was Emma Denham, nee Colwell, originally from Oxfordshire. His parents married sometime between the taking of the 1901 and the 1911 census. Luke had two sisters; Mabel and Elsie.
At the time of the 1901 census, the family were living at 2 Bridge Street, Newfield. Luke’s father was working as a miner. At the time of the 1911 census, the family were living at the Wheatsheaf Inn in Wolsingham. Luke’s father was working as a victualler, someone licensed to sell alcohol. Luke was a scholar at this time.
During the war, Luke worked as a driver in the Royal Field Artillery with the service number 165579. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal for his service.
Luke was a freemason, a member of the Hudson Lodge in Wolsingham. He was initiated into the society at the age of 23 on 2 November 1921. At that time he was working as a butcher. The photograph of Luke in uniform which attached to this page is included in a collection displayed at the Masonic Lodge in Wolsingham.
At the time of the 1939 register Luke was living in Bishop Auckland with his widowed mother and his younger sister Elsie. He was single and was working as a butcher shop man. Luke died in Durham in 1950.
Civil Parish: Wolsingham
Birth date: 30-Dec-1897
Death date: 1950
Armed force/civilian: Army
Residence: 2 Bridge Street, Newfield (1901 census)
Wheat sheaf Inn, Wolsingham (1911 census)
11 Front Street, Bishop Auckland (1939 register)
Organisation membership: Freemason – Hudson Lodge, Wolsingham
Employment: Butcher (1921 Freemason record)
Butcher shop man (1939 register)
Family: Parents: George Denham, Emma Denham nee Colwell
Siblings: Mabel Denham, Elsie Denham
Royal Field Artillery
Service Number 165579
Medal(s): Victory Medal
British War Medal
Contributed by Liz - Durham University Intern | Fiona Johnson
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