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Dunn, Gerald Morton

Second Lieutenant Gerald Morton Dunn, R.G.A., who was killed in action of October 13, was the younger son of the late William Newton Dunn, F.R.I.B.A., of Glenfeulen, Reigate, Surrey and of Mrs W Newton Dunn, of the College, Earlswood Common, Redhill, Surrey. Born in 1884, at Tulse Hill, he was educated at Mr Wathen's Preparatory School, Kemp Town, Brighton, at Charterhouse, and at King's College London. Subsequently, he was articled to his father, W Newton Dunn, F.R.I.B.A. of 1 and 2 Bucklersbury, Cheapside, E.C., and on obtaining his A.R.I.B.A., was taken into partnership. On the death of his father, in December, 1914, he became head of the firm, and later on graduated as a Fellow of the Surveyors' Institute. He was, like his father, honorary consulting architect to the Earlswood Asylum, was a member of the Cathedral Lodge of Freemasons, and of the Haberdashers' Company. He joined the Army as a private in November, 1916, was transferred into a Cadet Corps in April, 1917, and on June 26, 1917, was given a commission in the R.G.A. After serving in two or three home camps, he was sent out to the front on April 1 last, where he remained till he was killed. His major writes- "Please accept the heartfelt sympathies of all the officers and men of my battery, with whom your husband was exceedingly popular. I feel his loss very, very much; he was such a genuine man both when on and off duty, and his post could not be filled by a better officer". In 1912 Mr Gerald M Dunn married Lena Beavis, the stepdaughter of the Rev. Theodore P Brocklehurst, vicar of Giggleswick-in-Craven, Yorkshire and leaves two sons. The Times Oct. 12, 1918

Biographical

Surname(s)Dunn
First name(s)Gerald Morton
Date of birth1884
Place of birthTulse Hill
Family detailsSon of William Newton Dunn and Susannah Newton Dunn; husband of Lena Dunn, of Heatherlands, Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey.
Previous educationMr Wathen's Preparatory School, Kemp Town, Brighton; Charterhouse
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
QualificationsA.R.I.B.A.
Military unitRoyal Garrison Artillery, 140th Siege Battery
Date enlisted1916
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death13 October 1918
Age at death33
Rank at deathSecond Lieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeHaynecourt British Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; The Times; Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919

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