Friday, 14 August 2015

George Dunning 1917-1942 age 24

Barnsley Chronicle 28 February 1942
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1917 in Barnsley Q4

Son of: Joseph Dunning (1876-1949, died age 72) and Elizabeth Ann Dunning nee Hyde (1881-1966, died age 85). 
The couple married at St George's Church in Barnsley on 22nd May 1899. George's parents started married life living at 10 Sykes Street Barnsley before moving to 88 Keresforth Hill Road by 1911 where they remained until at least 1949. George's father was a miner and by 1911 six children had been born to the couple but 2 of them had died. 
- Ernest Dunning 1903-1909 died age 5 years.
- Ada Dunning, 1901-1974
- Ethel Dunning 1905- 1989
- Hannah Elizabeth Dunning 1910-1991
Brothers Tom and Walt and sister Sylvia. are also mentioned in the Barnsley Chronicle Death Column in February 1942.  

Military Service: George was a Private in the Infantry Division of the 1/5th Battalion west Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own), Service number 4541078.

Death: 13th February 1942 at the age of 24. George was accidentally drowned in Iceland and has no known grave. 

Remembered: Brookwood Memorial, Woking, Surrey, England, Panel 10, Column 1 and also on St Edward's Church WW2 Memorial plaque, Barnsley. 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission link:  here 

Note: The Barnsley Chronicle on 28th February 1942 tells us that before the outbreak of war George was employed at Penistone Gasworks and was called up with his group under the Military Service Act. He was among the troops to be evacuated from France and then drafted to Iceland.  

Research by James Corbett and Gill Brookes of St Edward's Church Barnsley

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