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Bunting, William

Captain William Bunting, M.C., was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bunting, Terrington St. John, Wisbech. He was 23 years of age and by his death on August 8th a most promising career has been cut short. From the Terrington Saint John School he won a scholarship taking him to the King Edward VII School, Lynn. Here he distinguished himself by coming out first in all England in French in the Cambridge Local Examination. He won a senior county scholarship and another taking him to King's where he qualified for an honorary war degree in Arts. Enlisting in the Universities and Public School Corps on the outbreak of war, he was granted a commission in the Norfolk regiment. In January 1916, he was awarded the M.C. He a captain and three N.C.O.'s were on patrol work when the captain was shot close to the German lines. Lieutenant Bunting and the three N.C.O.'s, at the hazard of their own lives, brought the captain back to the British trenches, and were accordingly honoured for their gallantry. Bunting was given his captaincy in May. King's College Review, Dec. 1917


First name(s)William
Family detailsSon of John and Sarah Bunting, of Terrington St. John, Wisbech.
Previous educationTerrington Saint John School; King Edward VII School, Lynn
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseArts
QualificationsHonorary War Degree in Arts
Military unitNorfolk Regiment, 8th Bn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Decorations / medalsM.C.
Citation(s)For very gallant conduct when with a patrol which suddenly came under heavy fire from a hostile patrol examining our wire before attack. A second officer with the patrol having been wounded Lieutenant Bunting succeeded with the aid of his patrol, in driving back a second hostile patrol and carrying the wounded officer to the trenches. London Gazette, 16th March 1916
Date of death11 August 1917
Age at death22
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathnear Dickenbusch
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeThe Huts Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; London Gazette;

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