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Donald James GUNN

Regimental number1857A
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
SchoolKing Street State School, West Melbourne, Victoria
Other trainingTecjnical School Latrobe Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
AddressWest Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 3.5"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinFather, Alex R Gunn, 26 Jeffcott Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 1 years in Senior Cadets, West Melbourne.; rejected for enlistment in Citizen Military Forces on account of height.
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name46th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/63/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 21 February 1917
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialDernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot V, Row C, Grave No. 44), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Isabella GUNN, Carramar Avenue, Coolangatta Road, East Camberwell, Victoria. Native of West Melbourne
Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 21934 Gunner Arthur Edward PITTARD, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 15 February 1918; Cousin: 1355 Lance Corporal Walter Alexander GUNN, 19th Bn, killed in action, 14 November 1916;
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 2 Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 19 May 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged, 21 May 1916 (no further details recorded).

Embarked Alexandria, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 June 1916.

Found guilty, 12th Training Bn, Codford, 9 November 1916, of (1) breaking camp; (2) being absent without leave from 0630, 6 November, till 1245, 8 November 1916 (3 days): awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of a total of 13 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 February 1917; jointed 46th Bn, in the field, 12 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 16 February 1917, and admitted to 12th Australian field Ambulance; transferred same day to 1/1 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station (shrapnel wound, head).

Died of wounds, 21 February 1917.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1230602E, Sister-in-charge, 1/1 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station, France, 31 March 1917: 'Pte. D.I. [sic] Gunn was admitted on the 15th.2.17. wounded by shell in the Head [sic] and he died on the 21st. His mother was written to at once. He left no messages and the end was peaceful.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GUNN Donald James
Red Cross File No 1230602E

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