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John Robert Dunn

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  • Service number
    10/594 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Jack Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.wairarapa100.co.nz/wairarapa-soldiers/matthew-and-jack-dunn
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • Wellington Battalion Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.wairarapa100.co.nz/wairarapa-soldiers/matthew-and-jack-dunn
  • Last rank
  • War
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Identity

  • Title
    Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Forenames
    John Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Dunn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.wairarapa100.co.nz/wairarapa-soldiers/matthew-and-jack-dunn
  • Service number
    10/594 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 22 November 1888 Military Personnel File
    • 28 November 1888 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra TinuiWellington Region Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Masterton, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Research
  • Birth notes
    Matthew and Sarah Dunn, Scottish immigrants who occupied ‘Willow Bank’ at Whakataki, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Research
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Commercial Club, Masterton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Matthew Dunn, Whakataki, Masterton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • Egyptian - Gallipoli & Chunuk Bair Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.wairarapa100.co.nz/wairarapa-soldiers/matthew-and-jack-dunn
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • Wellington Battalion Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.wairarapa100.co.nz/wairarapa-soldiers/matthew-and-jack-dunn
  • Service number
    10/594 AWMM
  • Military service
    1914-1915 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.wairarapa100.co.nz/wairarapa-soldiers/matthew-and-jack-dunn
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    26 yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Research

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 in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
      Court martialed and sentenced to death for sleeping on duty at Quin's Port; sentence remitted to hard labour and Dunn notified 5/8/15. Killed 3 days later. AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 6" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      130 lb AWMM
    • 1915 - had several bouts of pneumonia, being hospitalised in May and June Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.wairarapa100.co.nz/wairarapa-soldiers/matthew-and-jack-dunn

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • John Dunn was one of 28 New Zealand servicemen who were court-martialled and sentenced to death during the First World War. His sentence was remitted. Pugsley, ‘On the Fringe of Hell’, pp.350-51.

      Parents: Matthew and Sarah Dunn, Solway, Masterton. Native of Whakataki 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.

      Jack took part in the landing on 25 April 1915 with the Wellingtons. He had several bouts of pneumonia, being hospitalised in May and June. On 18 July he was found asleep at his sentry post, a serious military offence. This resulted in a court martial, at which Jack was sentenced to death. The sentence was confirmed but on 30 July ‘remitted’ by Sir Ian Hamilton, commander of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

      A week later the August Offensive opened and Jack, along with the Wellington Battalion, took part in the assault on Chunuk Bair on the morning of 8 August. He was one of many battalion members missing by the time the survivors came off the hill. A board of enquiry in December 1915 concluded he was killed in action. Jack has no known grave and is commemorated on the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial on the hill’s summit. 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
    8 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Memorial Plaque at Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Turkey Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/john-robert-dunn
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM

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  • John Robert Dunn was my grandfather's (Matthew Dunn)brother. My father, Robert Jack Dunn, was named after him. All my father and our family knew of him was that he was killed at Gallipoli where both he and Matthew fought. As an adult I read in a newspaper article of the injustice of his court martial and I was outraged. Although I never met John Dunn, and he died 5 years, almost to the day, before my father was born I attend Anzac services to remember him and the fact that he gave his life for his country, despite being so poorly treated by his military superiors.
    Public - Sheryl kay - Other Relative - 14 March 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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
    • Pugsley, C. (1991). On the Fringe of Hell: New Zealanders and Military Discipline in the First World War. Auckland, N.Z.: Hodder & Stoughton. AWMM
      Pugsley, C. (1991). p. 350 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2005). Bloody Gallipoli: the New Zealanders' story. Auckland, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM

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14 March 2015Sheryl kayRotorua New ZealandOther Relative