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Bunting, Robert Russell

Lieut. R.R. Bunting was born in Florence, Massachusetts, U.S. on January 27th, 1892, and came to England with his parents in 1899. On October 12th, 1914, he was gazetted to the 12th Battalion Essex Regiment as Temporary Second Lieutenant, and was soon afterwards promoted to full Lieutenant. Attached to the 1st Essex Regiment he went out on Whitsunday last with a draft to the Dardanelles, and was rushed up to the firing line within 24 hours of landing. On the night of August 6th he was killed in action whilst leading his men in an attack upon the Turkish trenches to create a diversion for the Suvla Bay landing. Lieut. Bunting's commanding officer Lieut.-Col. Rice wrote in high praise of him to his father, who has kindly permitted us to quote from the letter: "As for the story of how Lieut. Bunting died it is easy to tell he died, as so many have, very bravely leading his platoon. I cannot pay his memory any higher compliment." King's College Review, Dec. 1915

Biographical

Surname(s)Bunting
First name(s)Robert Russell
Date of birth27 January 1892
Place of birthFlorence, Massachusetts
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseScience
QualificationsB.Sc.
Military unitEssex Regt. 12th Bn. attd. 1st Bn
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death6 August 1915
Rank at deathLieutenant
Place of deathCape Helles, Gallipoli
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeTwelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Turkey
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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