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Hugh Dunion was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland in 1877. His parents were named James and Murdena and by 1883 the family was living down in Manchester.

At the time of the 1891 census they were residing at 34 Silver Street, Prestwich and his father was working as a calico printer in a textile mill. Hugh was by now 14 years old, out of school but not employed. He was the eldest sibling, having two brothers (John and Mark) and two sisters (Elizabeth and Maggy) who were still all in school.

By 1901 the family were still together and living at 35 King Street, Prestwich. Hugh, aged 24, was now working as a brick setter.

By 1911 the three sons; Hugh, John and Mark were still living with their parents but the girls had left home. They were now at 21 William Street.

When war broke out in August 1914 Hugh enlisted almost immediately into the Lancashire Fusiliers (service no. 3295) but unfortunately, having served just 66 days he was discharged as being unlikely to become an efficient soldier.

Undeterred, Hugh then enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire under the false name of Harry Smith. He was given the number 17208 and posted into the 6th (Service) Battalion. Private Harry Smith (Hugh Dunion) sailed to Gallipoli with his battalion and was killed in action during the fighting at the Battle of Chunuk Bair on 9th August 1915. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

Rank: Private
Service No: 17208
Date of Death: 09/08/1915
Age: 38
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL

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