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Hi all,

I am hoping to find any extra information of Oliver Macklem Denison (1874-1925), Leinster Regiment.

Especially it's puzzles me what medals he had entitled to in total and also did he saw any form of service during the Great War.

So far I have mainly information of his famous family linage but not so much of him. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.

Oliver Macklem Denison (7 August 1874 – 22 November 1942)
Lieutenant, 1st Battalion
Prince of Wales' Leinster Regiment

Oliver was born as a son of Colonel George Taylor Denison (31 August 1839 – 6 June 1925) and Helen Mair Denison (1865 – 1939). His father was President of the Royal Society of Canada, member of the Toronto city council. From the first he took a prominent part in the organisation of the military forces of Canada, becoming a lieutenant-colonel in the active militia in 1866. He saw active service during the Fenian raids of 1866, and during the North-West Rebellion of 1885. Owing to his dissatisfaction with the conduct of the Conservative ministry during the Red River Rebellion in 1869-70, he abandoned that party, and in 1872 unsuccessfully contested Algoma in the Liberal interest. Thereafter he remained free from party ties. In 1877 he was appointed police magistrate of Toronto.

Colonel Denison was one of the founders of the Canada First movement, which did much to shape the national aspirations from 1870 to 1878, and was a consistent supporter of imperial federation and of preferential trade between Great Britain and her colonies. He became a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and was president of the section dealing with English history and literature. The best known of his military works is his History of Modern Cavalry (London, 1877), which was awarded the Czar of Russia Prize in an open competition in 1879, and has been translated into German, Russian and Japanese. It remains one of the definitive works on the subject. In 1900 he published his reminiscences under the title of Soldiering in Canada.

He was a public defender of Upper Canada College, and was also known for virulent Anti-Americanism; after a proposal was made to erect a statue of George Washington in Westminster Abbey, he threatened that if it were built, he would go there to spit on it. Following the attempts by the Fenian raiders to "liberate" Canada between 1866 and 1871, Denison claimed a Yankee sword from the battlefield for a poker on his fire.

Nowadays there is a Canadian Forces “Lieutenant-Colonel George Taylor Denison III Armoury”, commonly known as “Denison Armoury” facility located at 1 Yukon Lane in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Armoury is the headquarters of 4th Canadian Division (formerly Land Force Central Area), Joint Task Force Central, and the 32 Canadian Brigade Group. It is also home to several units of the brigade.

Oliver’s uncle was also well known figure in Canada history - Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Charles Denison CMG, MP (November 22, 1846 – April 15, 1896) was a Canadian militia officer, lawyer, and Member of the Canadian Parliament for West Toronto.

His military experience began in 1865, when he joined the Canadian Militia. In 1868 he was made a lieutenant, in 1872 captain; four years later major; and in 1884 was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. Denison saw active service during the Fenian raids in 1866 and in the Red River Expedition of 1870, as aide-de-camp to Lord Wolseley.

He was an alderman from St. Stephens ward on the Toronto City Council from 1878 to 1883. In 1881, he was elected chairman of the executive committee. From 1884 to 1885, Denison went to Egypt in command of the Canadian Voyageurs on the Nile employed by the Imperial Government in the Sudan Campaign. He distinguished himself during this war, and was not only given prominent mention in the dispatches but received a medal with two clasps. In 1885 he was made a companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

He won the West Toronto Conservative nomination for the 1887 federal election over three other candidates, including incumbent parliamentarian James Beaty, Jr..He subsequently won a narrow victory over his Liberal opponent in the general election. He was re-elected in 1891, and died of stomach cancer while still in office in 1896.

LG 24 June 1898
The Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians), Sergeant Oliver Macklem Denison, from the South Staffordshire Regiment, to be Second Lieutenant, on augmentation. Dated 25th June 1898.

On retired pay - 14 Nov 1900 (Harts annual Army List 1908)

Burial

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=68071286

Lieutenant (retired)
Prince of Wales' Leinster Regiment
Second son of Colonel George Taylor Denison of Heydon Villa, Toronto. 
 
Parents:
George Taylor Denison (1839 - 1925)
Caroline Denison (1842 - 1885)
 
Siblings:
Elsie Margaret Denison (____ - 1890)**
Mary Anne Denison Dunsford (1864 - 1941)*
Caroline Adelaide Kirkpatrick (1865 - 1947)*
Julia Ann Denison Nattress (1867 - 1956)*
George Taylor Denison (1869 - 1917)*
Oliver Macklem Denison (1874 - 1942)

Burial:
Saint Johns Cemetery on the Humber 
Toronto
Toronto Municipality
Ontario, Canada
 

 

 

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Hi Noor......

The following is from FMP and it looks like you will have to go to national archives.....

Mike

First name(s) Oliver Macklem
Last name Denison
Rank Lieutenant
Regiment The Prince Of Wales's Leinster Regiment
Year 1903-21
Archive The National Archives
Archive reference WO 374/19184
Series WO 374
Series description Wo 374 - Officers' Services, First World War, Personal Files
Record set British Army Service Records
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory Regimental & Service Records
Collections from Great Britain, UK None

 

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