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Christopher Blencowe Noble Dunn

Portrait, Private Dunn in camp with Mangonui Mounted Rifles, 1901-02 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Private Dunn in camp with Mangonui Mounted Rifles, 1901-02 - No known copyright restrictio …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Christopher Blencowe Noble AWMM
  • Surname
    Dunn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Chris Dunn AWMM
    • Christopher Blencoe Noble AWMM
  • Service number
    • South African 7162 AWMM
    • WWI 12/2168 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 July 1872 AWMM KaitaiaNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 27 February 1902 AWMM Kaitaia, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 11 January 1915 AWMM Kaitaia, Mangonui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Herbert Chesney Dunn (brother), Kaitaia, New Zealand AWMM
    • H.C. Dunn (brother), Kaitaia, Mangonui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 20 March 1902 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 17 April 1915 AWMM Legally Separated AWMM
      Legally Separated, 4 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • South Africa 27 February 1902 AWMM
      Age 29 AWMM
      Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    • WW1 11 January 1915 AWMM
      Age 42 AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      (SA) 5 foot 9.5 inches; (WW1) 5 foot 9 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      (SA) Brown; (WW1) Green AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      (SA) brown; (WW2) Dark brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      (SA) Fair; (WW1) Fair AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded during attack on Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to hospital ship on 9 August 1915 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Egypt, 12 August 1915 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Discharged convalescent from Alexandria Hospital, 28 September 1915 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Hospitalised on Lemnos Island - released on 24 December 1915 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart failure AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Christopher Dunn was the son of Robert Horatio and Mary Sophia Louisa Dunn of Kaitaia, New Zealand. Grandson of Rev Joseph Matthews, a pioneer missionary in Kaitaia.

    Dunn married Mary Geddes in 1906. They had two sons, Christopher Francis and Robert James. Mary died only hours after giving birth to Robert. He married Sarah Shepherd in 1910. They had two daughters, Vivienne Maud and Elsa Rose.

    Dunn's nephew, Kenneth Gordon Dunn (414605), was killed in a flying accident in the U.K. while serving with the RNZAF in the Second World War.

    Dunn arrived in South Africa in time to see a bit of the countryside and be present at the signing of the peace treaty, but did not actually see any action.

    At the time Dunn enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) in 1915, he was legally separated from Sarah.

    Within a fortnight of arriving in Egypt, Dunn and the rest of the 4th Reinforcements to the NZEF were at Gallipoli. Dunn was involved in the attack on Chunuk Bair, where he was wounded. Fortunately he was able to make it back down to the beach, where he was put on a hospital ship bound for Egypt.

    After recovering from his wounds, he rejoined his unit on the island of Lemnos. He was hospitalised there and so did not return to Gallipoli with them. After the evacuation from Gallipoli, he returned to Egypt, where he was assigned to the 1 New Zealand Infantry Training Battalion. He remained in Egypt while the rest of the New Zealand Division headed for Western Europe. Dunn returned to New Zealand 2 months later, having been declared unfit for duty.

    Two days before leaving for home, Dunn forfeited 8 days' pay after being caught with a forged leave pass on 9 June 1916.

    After returning to New Zealand, Dunn was awarded a 50-acre farm block at Herekino.

    Listed at Archives New Zealand as DUNN, Christopher Blencoe Noble

    Father was named Robert Horatio Dunn. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 January 1945 AWMM
    Age 72 AWMM
    KaitaiaNorthland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • St Saviours Anglican Churchyard, Kaitaia, Northland, New Zealand AWMM
    • St Saviours Cemetery AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Northland Age (Kaitaia), 11 January 1945 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 204 AWMM
    • Parker, K. (1999). Kaitaia: Portraits from the past 1900 - 1939. Kamo, N.Z.: Bridgewater Publications. AWMM
      Parker, K. (1999). p. 181 portrait AWMM
    • Northern Age AWMM
      Death notice: Northland Age (Kaitaia), 11 January 1945 AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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