Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Military Record
John Robert AWMM
Also known as
Jack Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - http://www.wairarapa100.co.nz/wairarapa-soldiers/matthew-and-jack-dunn
WWI 10/594 AWMM
- 22 November 1888 Military Personnel File
- 28 November 1888 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Tinui, Wellington Region Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
Date of birth
Place of birth
Masterton, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 August 2015 - Research
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
Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM
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- 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
- 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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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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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
- 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
|14 March 2015||Sheryl kay||Rotorua New Zealand||Other Relative||
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