Author Topic: WILLIAM BATCHEN DUNN  (Read 4676 times)

philrigger

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WILLIAM BATCHEN DUNN
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:04:50 AM »
I am looking for information on 18/11102 Pte William Batchen DUNN. 
He joined the 18th Manchesters in WWI.
He went on to serve in the Royal Defence Corps (No. 81019).
He came from the North of Scotland originally.
He survived the War and lived in Catton, Lancaster.

Any help appreciated.  (I have the CD with all the photos in).


Phil

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Re: WILLIAM BATCHEN DUNN
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2007, 12:44:04 PM »
hi Phil

i suppose the first port of call for you is the 18th battalion pages on the main site

http://www.themanchesters.org/18th%20batt.htm

you have the book of honour cd, have you got his MIC?

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Re: WILLIAM BATCHEN DUNN
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2007, 01:11:27 PM »
andy[kingo] may have some info for you phil,hes been compiling as much as he can about those who originally served in the 18th batt.
do you have any idea which area of manchester he was living in at the time.
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Re: WILLIAM BATCHEN DUNN
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2007, 07:40:23 PM »
Hi Phil
        As, thankfully William survived the war it makes it harder to track his progress through it !.
My best guess is, as he was E company he was probably sent out as a battle casualty replacement for the early losses in 1916. He doesn't appear on the medal roll (the date the battalion landed in France 18/11/1915). The fact that he later served with the RDC would suggest that he was wounded and no longer fit to serve overseas. as Harribobs says, if you download his medal card it should give you the date he arrived in France.
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Re: WILLIAM BATCHEN DUNN
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2007, 08:44:05 PM »
if you download his medal card it should give you the date he arrived in France.
And possibly give us link to any pensions he may have claimed  :-\

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Re: WILLIAM BATCHEN DUNN
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2007, 08:58:52 AM »
Thanks for the info guys.
I will post his date of arrival in F/F when I get it.

Cheers

Phil

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Re: WILLIAM BATCHEN DUNN
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2007, 11:55:48 AM »
WB Dunn's date of arrival in theatre on the MIC is 9/11/15. Perhaps he was in the advance party!
Any help?


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Re: WILLIAM BATCHEN DUNN
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2007, 12:56:00 PM »
[quote]8th November 1915
On a hot late autumn day the Battalion shouldered arms and marched to Amesbury station on the first leg of their journey to active service. They arrived at Folkestone and boarded the troop ship for the none too smooth crossing to France. On arrival at Boulogne the battalion marched up the hill for a damp and gloomy night in the tents at the rest camp at Ostrahove. The following morning the men marched back to Boulogne and waited until 2 am the following morning before boarding a train for Pont Remy. The rain worsened as the men marched the 11 miles to Coulonvillers.[/quote]

sounds about right to me

can you post the medal card Phil and we'll have a look  ;)
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