L/Cpl. Ash of the Essex Scottish in 1 July of 1940. Dennis was reported on a week-end pass from Camp Borden to visit his parents at their Elizabeth st. home. In March of 1942 Corporal Ash was reported stationed at No. 20 Basic Training Camp Brantford, ON. when he, accompanied by Miss Vera Stenebaugh returned to Chatham to spend the weekend at his parents home. CDN 14/03/42. He served two years as an instructor at Brantford, ON and one year in Newfoundland. In late 1943 he was sent overseas joining the Highland Light Infantry of Canada in England.
Dennis went overseas in November of 1943 as an instructor with the Aerodrome Defence Corps. He transferred to the Winnipeg Rifles and was involved in the invasion of France where he was wounded in the left fore-arm fracturing the forearm and was returned to England for hospital treatment. After his recovery he was transferred to the Highland Light Infantry as an instructor, not returning to Europe. The CDN 3/12/45(P) reported that Sgt. Ash had married Miss Hazel Bethell of Grove Rd., Gosport, Hants, England. The ceremony took place in the church at Gosport. Cpl. D. J. Ash was discharged from service in September of 1946 and has reenlisted with the permanent force. Dennis was married to Hazel.
Born in Chatham, ON.,in 1921, the son of Ernest and Mary Ash, he was living at 166 Elizabeth St., Chatham. Prior to enlisting Dennis attended the Chatham Collegiate Institute and Chatham Vocatinal School, his public Schooling was at McKeough School. Enlisting with the Essex Scottish Regt. 1/07/1940.