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Charles Spencer Denman, 5th Baron Denman, 2nd Baronet, CBE MC TD (7 July 1916 – 21 November 2012), was a British businessman. His interest in the Middle East, formed during the Second World War, was the focus for most of his business endeavours.

Early life[]

Denman was born on 7 July 1916 in Penrith, Cumberland.[1] He was the eldest son of Sir Richard Douglas Denman, 1st Baronet, who sat as Liberal Member of Parliament for Carlisle and then as Labour MP for Leeds.[2] He was educated at Shrewsbury School.[1] He left school at 16 with no qualifications.[2]

Following school, he began working as a gardener in Luton Hoo and then in St Mawes, Cornwall. He then set up a market garden at Mylor, Cornwall.[3]

Military service[]

Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, Denman joined a territorial unit of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI). In 1941 he was posted with 1st Battalion DCLI to India, then to Iraq, then to North Africa. On 5 June 1942, during the Battle of Gazala, a hand grenade hurled from a German armoured troop carrier wounded both Denman and a private soldier named Kent in their slit trench, Kent seriously. Denman responded by climbing on top of the armoured vehicle and shooting its commander and two of its crew. He then gathered the remainder of his company, waited until dark, and led them, carrying the mortally injured Kent, twelve miles across the desert by starlight until they found a British unit. Denman was awarded the Military Cross. Later in the war he was involved in preparations for the invasion of Greece.

Later life[]

Denman died in Highden, West Sussex, aged 96 on 21 November 2012.[4]

Styles of address[]

  • 1916–1942: Mr Charles Denman
  • 1942–1957: Mr Charles Denman MC
  • 1957–1971: Sir Charles Denman Bt MC
  • 1971–1976: The Right Honourable The Lord Denman MC[lower-alpha 1]
  • 1976–2012: The Right Honourable The Lord Denman CBE MC
  1. Although The Lord Denman was a baronet, by custom the post-nominal of "Bt" is omitted, as Peers of the Realm do not list subsidiary hereditary titles.

Honours and decorations[]

Denman succeeded to the baronetcy in 1957 on the death of his father and to the barony on the death of a cousin in 1971.[2]

He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) on 13 August 1942 'in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East'.[5]

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours of 1976.[6] He was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Francis I in 2004.[1]

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Denman
Baron Denman
1971–2012
Succeeded by
Richard Thomas Stewart Denman

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