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Samuel`s parents were Richard and Ellen Jane Dunn (nee Whitehead) and they were married in Preston in 1882. They had eight children altogether although sadly three of those died in infancy.

Samuel was the eldest of the five surviving siblings and he was born in 1885 in Preston and had three brothers and one sister; Edward (1891), Richard (1893), Mary (1896) and William (1899).

In 1901 the family were living at 42 Ellen Street in Preston where Samuel`s father was working as a carter. Samuel`s mother Ellen died in 1905 aged just 42 years old and three years later Samuel enlisted into the Territorial Force at Preston.

He signed his papers on the 12 October, 1908 aged 22 years and 8 months old, he was single and employed as a weaver in Calverts Mill. The Medical Officer noted his height as 5`6” tall and also that Samuel was in good physical condition. The family had moved house by this time to the other side of Preston and were living at 49 Brunswick Street when he enlisted.

Samuel continued to attend his annual training camps with the Territorials and in March 1913 he completed a 17 day course in transport duties in Manchester.

At the outbreak of war he presented himself at the recruiting office and signed his agreement to serve abroad and was allocated the number 302 and posted to the 1/4th Battalion. After a few months of training he sailed to France with the main body of the Battalion on the 4 May, 1915.

Samuel was seriously wounded in action on the 19th August 1915 when the Battalion were in the trenches in the La Boisselle sector on the Somme. He was transferred to a Casualty Clearing Station where sadly he died from his injuries the following day.

His family were notified of his death by the authorities and not long afterwards they inserted the following short article with photograph in the local paper.


(Note: the article states he went to the front in March, his MIC indicates he went on the 4 May 1915).

Samuel was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals in recognition of his service and sacrifice for his country. His father Richard passed away in 1918 so his younger brother Richard signed for his medals.

Samuel was buried with honour in Corbie Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.

CWGC headstone photograph at Corbie Communial Cemetery courtesy of Chris Graham

Rank: Private
Service No: 302
Date of Death: 20/08/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 4th Bn.

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2 Responses to 302 PTE. S. DUNN. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Chris Graham says:

    Thank you for this research which was of great interest to us. My mother (his neice) had no idea that the family had put photogragh and obituary notice in paper. In fact he was very much a mystery as her mother was grief struck and and his brother who allegedly was with him when he was injured, never really discussed his WW1 service, other than that he remained behind to sort out horses after the conflict. I would be interested in your sources if they are still available as there is so little information we have found. Visited his grave again recently which was memorable in this special year.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello Chris, Thank you for getting in touch. The news photo would have been from either the Preston Guardian or the Lancs. Daily Post (microfilm Harris Reference Library, Preston), apologies but I can`t remember which!

      His service information is on a family history website (Findmypast)under Military Records.

      I`m pleased that you have been able to visit his grave and if you have a photo of it and would like it to be added to his page, please feel free to send it to admin@loyalregiment.com

      Kind Regards

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