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Person Details
Bloxwich Walsall Staffordshire
John George was the son of Elijah and Fanny Dunn (née Scott). His father Elijah was born in Blowich, Staffordshire, in 1872, the son of John and Tamar Dunn who in 1881 were living on Providence Street, Walsall. His mother Fanny Scott was the daughter of Elizabeth Scott and born in 1875, also in Bloxwich. In 1881 Elizabeth and her daughter were lodging on New Street, Bloxwich. John George was born in 1893, before his parents' marriage, and baptised at Bloxwich All Saints on 12 April 1893. His birth was registered in his mother's surname but subsquent records gave his surname as Dunn. Elijah and Fanny were married at Bloxwich All Saints in May 1893 and had five children, including John, two of whom died in infancy. Three of the four children born after their marriage were: Joseph Thomas b. 1895, Tamar Elizabeth b. 1898 d. 1898 and Thomas James birth registered 1899 (J/F/M). The three children were born in Blowich and also baptised in the parish church. At the time of the 1901 Census, Elijah (29), a coal filler (below ground), was recorded as a boarder living on Ashbourne Street, Shirebrook. A fellow boarder, Thomas Dunn (21, b. Bloxwith), a bricklayer, was probably Elijah's younger brother. Fanny together with her three sons, John, Joseph and Thomas, were living on Alfred Street, Bloxwith, with her mother Elizabeth Beech and stepfather George Beech. By 1911, Fanny, described on the census as married, occupation 'housekeeper', and two of her sons, John and Thomas, were living at 114 Coke Street, Mansfield. Joseph, her second son, has not yet been traced on the 1911 Census. Also in the household was a lodger, John William Brough (b. Bloxwith), a miner/hewer. Elijah, a miner/hewer was probably a boarder in the household of a retired miner and his wife at 24 Cavendish Street, Shirebrook. The CWGC record gave Elijah and Elizabeth's address as 46 Market Street, Shirebrook. They were living in Shirebrook at the time of the 1921 Census (full transcript not sighted) along with the granddaughter Tamar Elizabeth Dunn, their son Joseph, his wife Sarah Ann and children May (b. 1917) and George (b. 1919) and one other. John George married Elizabeth Jane Ghilks (b. 1892 Pelsall Staffordshire) in 1912 (reg. A/M/J Mansfield). They had two children, Tamar Elizabeth b. October 1912 and John George b. 1914. Elizabeth married Frank Mattock in January 1916. The CWGC record gave their address as Walsall, Staffordshire. However, on the 1921 Census (full transcript not sighted) Elizabeth and Frank were living in Edington, Doncaster, with her son John George Dunn and one other. Elizabeth's daughter Tamar was living with her paternal grandparents in Shirebrook. Elizabeth and Frank Mattock had a son, Albert J. in 1922 (reg. Doncaster). Elijah, a retired miner, and Fanny were living in Blackwell, Derbyshire, when the 1939 England & Wales Register was compiled. Elijah died in 1943. John's brother, Joseph, served with the Grenadier Guards 2nd (Reserve) Battalion (18166 Private). He attested on 31 August 1914 aged 19y 27d, height 5’ 10¼’’, occupation coal miner and named his brother John of Coke Street, Mansfield, as his next of kin. Joseph later added the name of his wife, Sarah Ann. He joined at Caterham on 2 September and served with the BEF France from 16 March 1915. He took part in the action at Hohenzollern Redoubt in October 1915 and on 17 October suffered gunshot wounds to the chest. He was treated initially at 36 Field Ambulance and then transferred from hospital in France to the UK on 27 October (SS Cambria). He was treated at various hospitals and probably never returned to active duty. He attended a Medical Board on 1 December 1916 when he was found 'no longer physically fit for War Service' (permanent); the report noted that several pieces of metal were still in his chest. Joseph was discharged on 22 December 1916 having served 2 years 114 days (7 months active service) and issued with Silver War Badge No. 30287. Joseph had married Sarah Ann Hanson or Hawson (18, domestic servant) at Shirebrook parish church in December 1915. The marriage certificate recorded his occupation as soldier, residence Chelsea [Barracks]. His service record included the name of a daughter, May, who was born in May 1917. Joseph's home address when he was discharged from the army was 7 Welbeck Terrace, Shirebrook, but by the time of a subsequent medical report in July 1917 they had moved to 46 Market Street, Shirebrook. Joseph probably died in 1965 (reg. Mansfield).
1901 - coal filler (below ground). 1911 - miner/hewer.
16 Jun 1915
1610831 - CWGC Website
Enlisted Mansfield
1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. The 1st Battalion was in Portsmouth in August 1914, part of 9th Brigade, 3rd Division. It landed at Le Havre on 14 August 1914. John George Dunn served with the BEF France from 17 February 1915 and was killed in action four months later on 16 June 1915. He probably died during the Battle of Bellewaarde when the 1st Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment made up the 2nd line of attack with the 1/10th Liverpool Scottish. (bellewaarde1915.xo.uk/history diary/lincolnshire regiment history) John has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 21). He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (extract): 'The Menin Gate is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient. Broadly speaking, the Salient stretched from Langemarck in the north to the northern edge in Ploegsteert Wood in the south, but it varied in area and shape throughout the war. The Salient was formed during the First Battle of Ypres in October and November 1914, when a small British Expeditionary Force succeeded in securing the town before the onset of winter, pushing the German forces back to the Passchendaele Ridge. The Second Battle of Ypres began in April 1915 when the Germans released poison gas into the Allied lines north of Ypres. This was the first time gas had been used by either side and the violence of the attack forced an Allied withdrawal and a shortening of the line of defence ... The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields.' (www.cwgc.org)
CWGC Additional information: 'Son of Elijah and Fanny Dunn, of 46, Market St., Shirebrook, Notts; husband of Elizabeth Mattock (formerly Dunn), of 11, First Avenue, Brownhills, Walsall, Staffs.' John's widow Elizabeth was awarded a pension of 18 shillings and 6 pence a week for herself and two children with effect from 27 December 1915. Registers of Soldiers' Effects: widow (Mrs) Elizabeth Mattock sole legatee.
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  • Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)
    John George Dunn - Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)