Dunkley, Harry. Died 30th Jul 1916

Harry was born in Newbold upon Avon in 1887 (There are several Harry Dunkleys born in the Rugby area around the time, but this entry agrees with his age in the census)

His parents were William and (Mary Elizabeth) Dunkley who in the 1911 census had been married for 35 years with 12 children born alive one subsequently died. Harry was the 5th child . He was aged 24 and a painter, living with his parents. Harry’s father, William was born in Thurlaston They were living at 167 Abbey Street, but later that year they moved to 15 Chester Street.

The Medal Roll for Harry Dunkley 16711 Royal Warwickshire shows he was awarded Victory and British War medals. This suggests that he did not join until late in 1915 as there are no 14 or 15 Stars.

Soldiers who died in the Great War lists Harry Dunkley, born Newbold and died 30th July 1916. He served in France and Flanders and had the rank of Private in the 14th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, number 16711. He was killed in Action in the Western European theatre.

On 9 Sept 1916, the Rugby Advertiser published the following article:

“A Fighting Family” Fewer families have a better war record than that of Mr and Mrs Dunkley of 15 Chester Street, Rugby. There are five sons in the army including two have been reported missing for sometime past. William Albert, the eldest is in the Kings Royal Rifles, and he has a son serving with him in Salonica. Walter Ernest has served his time with the Royal Warwicks and has just rejoined the army from regiment. Harry, who joined the Royal Warwicks has been missing since July 30th and Percy John of the Lancashire Fusiliers has been missing since July 25th. The fifth son Arthur Rowland is serving with the Labour Battallion. A sixth member of the same family (Alfred Thos Dunkley) has been discharged from the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry on medical grounds and is now employed in a Controlled factory. Mrs Dunkley has two brothers serving in France and two of her nephews are in the army.”

He was buried near Longueval, one of only two bodies identified out of ten “British Soldiers” and later relocated to in Catterpillar Cemetery, Longueval.

He died five days after his younger brother, Percy John Dunkley.




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