George Albert Dunnings

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Shirley, Southampton
Regiment: Rifle Brigade
Battalion: 17th (London Regt.)
Rank / Service No: Rifleman, S/50116
Died: 5th September 1918, aged 20 years
Buried: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Plot III, Row F, Grave 14)


George was the fifth of 8 known siblings born to William Henry and Caroline Harriet Dunnings (nee Miller), who married in Shirley in 1892.

This marriage date means that Alice had an unknown father, and was born in a West End (Southampton) Workhouse.


The 1911 Census shows the couple had 11 children, so it must be presumed that 4 died in infancy.

Both parents were born in Shirley, William in 1867 and Caroline in 1870. William died in the city in 1938, with Caroline passing away in the city in 1953.



Alice   b. 24 July 1887 Southampton   d. 1966 Southampton

William Henry T.   b. 1892 Shirley   d. 1968 Southampton   Married Mary Henley in Southampton in 1918. A merchant seaman.

Charles   b. 1894 Shirley   d. 1956 Southampton   Married Alice Eva Elizabeth Perry in Southampton in 1921. A merchant seaman.

Harry   b. 1895 Shirley   d. 1933 Southampton   Married Rose Kemish in Southampton in 1922. A merchant seaman.

John   b. 1899 Shirley   d. 1978 Southampton   Married Eliza B. Trigell in Southampton in 1930.

Bertie Mark   b. 1901 Shirley   d. 1968 Southampton

Frank   b. 1905 Shirley   d. 1986 Southampton   Married Nellie Alford in Southampton in 1933.


The 17th (Poplar and Stepney Rifles) Battalion arrived at Le Havre on 10 March 1915. They saw action during the Battle of Loos, amongst other 1915 battles, and were involved on the Somme in 1916.


In 1917 they were in action at the Battle of Messines, the Third Battle of Ypres and the Cambrai Operations where they captured Bourlon Wood and fought against the German counter attacks.


In 1918, the 17th London were in action on the Somme and the Final Advance in Artois including making the official entry into Lille.


George was originally buried at Moislains British Cemetery, a little SW of Peronne, together with 53 of his Divisional colleagues who all fell in September 1918.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 13th July 2016


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