William Ernest Denison: 1866– [Heath 1879–1881]

William Denison was the born in Chorley in Lancashire, the son of John Denison. He attended Heath Grammar School for two years, possibly as a boarder, before becoming an apprentice journalist in 1881 and a journalist in 1901.

He was known as Mr Willie and spent much of his life in the newspaper business. He worked on newspapers in Nottingham, Barnsley, Manchester and Sheffield before returning to be Chief Reporter when the Halifax Evening Courier was established in 1892.

He became Head of Advertising in 1896, a Director of Halifax Courier Limited in 1903 and, on the retirement of his father in 1916, Chairman, until his death on 21 August 1926.

In 1905, he published a series of articles by Whiteley Turner in the Halifax Courier. Turner’s A Spring-Time Saunter was dedicated to Denison.

Rob Sumner [Heath 1975–1982]