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Name: Denys Ranson

Burial Number: 1665

Gender: Male

Occupation: Grocer and Tea Merchant

Distinction: Sussex Champion Golfer

Born: 28/02/1878

Died: 23/10/1937

Buried: 26/10/1937


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Denys Francis Ranson 1878-1930

Sussex Champion Golfer

Denys Francis Ranson was born on 28th February 1878 in Kensington, London. He was the son of Reverend Simon Mortlock Denys Ranson, 35yrs, and Maria, 38yrs, nee Wheeler; he had 3 older half-siblings, Florence b.1866, Gerald b.1867, and Helen b.1868, and a sister, Olive Mary b.1881.

Denys was at boarding school in Ore, Sussex, in 1891, he then attended Harrow School before entering Trinity College, Cambridge in 1896. Denys became a tea merchant in the grocery trade, he lived with his family and remained single.

Whilst at Cambridge, Denys had played golf for the university against Oxford, and was described as one of the foremost amateur golfers of his time. In 1907 he was the amateur champion of Sussex, and later in life he was the secretary of Seaford Golf Club.

In 1907 when his father retired, Denys moved to Crowborough, Sussex with his parents and in 1921 he was with his widowed father in Worthing, living at Glenaldon, Stoke Abbott Road, and after his father’s death in 1930, he remained living there.

Denys died on 23rd October 1937, aged 59yrs, probate was granted to his sister, Olive Mary Fluck, Hay Bikker and Hugh Trevor Baber Mimpress, solicitors, effects £38,041 18s 8d.

Value 2022 – £2.7m.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Denys  Ranson

Location in Cemetery

Area: WB Row: 1 Plot: 51

Exact Location (what3words): oiled.began.drip

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Cut grass and keep tidy


In memory of Denys Francis Ranson died 23rd October 1937 aged 59 years.

Further Information


Name: Denys Francis Ranson

Gender: Male

Born: 28/02/1878

Town: Kensington

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 23/10/1937

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Glenaldon

Address line 3: Stoke Abbott Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £38041 18 s 8 d

Current value of effects: £2700000

Census Information


Living at Vicarage House, Pishill, Oxfordshire. Simon Mortlock Ranson, 38yrs, Vicar of Pishill, wife, Maria, 41yrs, 3 stepchildren, Florence Martineau, 14yrs, Gerald Martineau, 13yrs, Helen Martineau, 12yrs, son, Denys F. 3yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.


Living at St. Alban’s House, Streatham Park, London. Simon Mortlock Ranson, 58yrs, Clergyman, C of E, 2 stepdaughters, Florence, 34yrs, Helen, 32yrs, son, Denys, 23yrs, Tea Merchant/Grocer, daughter, Olive, 19yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at Glenaldon, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing, Sussex. Simon Mortlock Ranson, 78yrs, widower, Clergyman retired, son, Denys Francis, 43yrs, Retired Golf Club Secretary, plus 2 domestic servants.

Miscellaneous Information