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Matthew Dunn

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Portrait of John Robert (Jack) Dunn and his brother Matthew Dunn Jr, date unknown. Image courtesy of Wairarapa100. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of John Robert (Jack) Dunn and his brother Matthew Dunn Jr, date unknown. Image courtesy of …

Identity

  • Title
    Gunner Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Forenames
    Matthew AWMM
  • Surname
    Dunn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 11/247 AWMM
    • WWI 802320 AWMM
    • WWII 802230 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Prebyterian Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 December 1884 Miltary Personnel File
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Masterton, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Research
  • Birth notes
    Son of Matthew and Sarah Dunn, of Whakataki, Wairarapa Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Research
  • Address before enlistment
    Martinborough, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Matthew Dunn sen. (father), Whakataki, Masterton, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Stephanie K. Dunn (wife), Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM
    • 1919 married Stephanie Katrina Nicholson Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Research

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • WWI: Wellington Mounted Rifles & NZ Field Artillery & Instructor at Featherston WWII Home Service Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.wairarapa100.co.nz/wairarapa-soldiers/matthew-and-jack-dunn
  • Service number
    • WWI 11/247 AWMM
    • WWI 802320 AWMM
    • WWII 802230 AWMM
  • Military service
    1914-1919 & 1939-1945 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.wairarapa100.co.nz/wairarapa-soldiers/matthew-and-jack-dunn
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1914-1915 Star & British War & Victory Medals Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Military Records
    • WWII: 1939-1945 War Medals & NZ Service Medal Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Military Record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    WWI: 30yrs; WWII: 46 yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Military Record

Embarkations

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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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Matthew and Sarah Dunn, of Whakataki, Wairarapa; husband of Stephanie K. Dunn, of Mount Eden, Auckland AWMM
    • John Robert (Jack), born 1888 and Matthew junior, born 1885, were sons of Matthew and Sarah Dunn, Scottish immigrants who occupied ‘Willow Bank’ at Whakataki for many years. There were four other children, attending Whakataki School.

      By 1914 Matthew was a labourer at Martinborough and Jack was a journalist with Wairarapa Daily-Times newspaper in Masterton. The Dunn brothers enlisted at the first call for volunteers for the NZEF in August 1914. Jack went to the Wellington Battalion (service number 10/594) and Matthew initially joined the Wellington Mounted Rifles (11/247). They both embarked with the Main Body in October and spent time in Egyptian camps until the Gallipoli Campaign.
      Matthew arrived on Gallipoli in May 1915, when the Mounted Rifles, as infantry, joined the battle. He also suffered health problems, with a spell in hospital on Lemnos Island in June and again in September, with influenza. In October he again left Gallipoli, this time for Hornchurch Hospital in England. In March 1916 he was posted to the NZ Field Artillery in Egypt. After receiving a shrapnel wound in the hand he spent time at Aotea Hospital near Cairo. He returned to England and from Codford Camp was invalided from active service in November 1916.

      Matthew sailed back to New Zealand to be discharged from the NZEF on 22 January 1917.

      This was not the end of Matthew’s military life however. In 1918 he served as a machine gun instructor at Featherston Camp with the rank of sergeant-major. Matthew also saw home service in New Zealand during World War Two. He died in 1946. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.wairarapa100.co.nz/wairarapa-soldiers/matthew-and-jack-dunn
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    5 April 1946 AWMM
    Age 60 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Prot. Soldiers Area G, Row 8, Grave 22 AWMM
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Memorials

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31 August 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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