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Christopher Dunn was born in 1891 in Farnworth, Lancashire. He was the son of John and Alice Dunn.

His father, John Dunn had previously served in Royal Scots Greys, and three of his brothers also served during the Great War. James Dunn (10th/ Loyal North Lancs), William (Suffolks) and Sam (unknown).

Christopher enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 14th November 1914. He was posted into the newly raised 11th (Service) Battalion and given the service number 18100.

At the time of his enlistment he was 23 years old, he worked as a mechanics assistant at New Century Spinning Company’s Mill; and lived in his parents house at 143 Brackley Street, Farnworth. He had no previous military experience.

At his enlistment medical he was described as being 5ft 5.5in, weighing 116lbs with brown eyes and dark brown hair.

Unfortunately for Christopher, he was discharged from the Army on 20th April 1915, still being in UK. It was deemed that he was unlikely to become an efficient soldier due to ‘very aggravated corns on balls of (great) toes’.

This didn’t deter Christopher. In July the same year he traveled to Preston and enlisted again in the Loyal North Lancs; this time being posted in the 10th (Service) Battalion who were preparing to set sail to France that month. His new service number 21607.

Christopher didn’t sail with his Battalion to France that month, presumably he was required to undergo military training again in the UK. He joined them in the field during the early months of 1916.

Christopher was obviously quick to impress his superiors, he was promoted to Lance Corporal then Corporal within months of arriving at the front.

Unfortunately on 15th November 1916, during the Battle of Ancre in an advance towards Munich Trench, Christopher was killed by the inaccurate British artillery barrage.

15th November 1916

This morning at 02:00hrs the Battalion was ordered up to the front line trenches. At 08:30hrs the Battalion was formed up in artillery formation and with the 51st Division on the right, and the 8th East Lancs on the left we advanced to a German line known as the Munich Trench.

Our own barrage was intense, but very inaccurate – causing a great many casualties. By 13:00hrs reports came in that we had failed to gain a footing in Munich Trench; our own barrage having killed and wounded so many of our men.

Amongst those killed; Capt Chew, Lieut Couper, Lieut Jude, 2nd Lieut Bennett, 2nd Lieut Stainer, 2nd Lieut Bradbury and 2nd Lieut Andrews. Officers wounded were 2nd Lieut Howarth, 2nd Lieut Beastall, 2nd Lieut Baud, 2nd Lieut Macnamara…. and approx 170 Other Ranks

 

Christopher Dunn is remembered in Farnworth Cemetery and on the Thiepval memorial.

Rank: Corporal
Service No: 21607
Date of Death: 15/11/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pier and Face 11 A.

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