Inspired by interviews and notes by a member of the 2nd City Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, this site portrays the particular group of volunteer soldiers, from enlistment to their service in the Battle of the Somme. In memory of the contributor of the journal, Private Allan Arthur Bell 8055 and the Pals that served with him. Copyright Bell Family. All rights reserved. Please see acknowledgments and feel free to comment in the Guest Book or individual Posts.
Frank Dunn 8528
Frank Dunn’s Grandson, visited the GUEST BOOK and introduced me to his Grandad’s record. This post was originally to help Clive. Clive then provided some remarkable photos of his Grandad’s postcards. They are shown here as a gallery and provide some great examples on photos showing the Pals at Heaton Park and during convalescence. Many are subsequently used in the static content of the main site. Huge Thanks to Clive.
Frank enlisted on 2/9/14 and trained / served in the same places as featured on this site for Arthur Bell. Frank was posted in XII Platoon of C Company. Clive indicated that Frank was “was wounded (shrapnel and gas) shortly after and returned home.” I am aware that the Germans used gas shells on the night of 30th July (Lieutenant Miller was killed by one); and also during the advance on Trones Wood on 9th July.
Frank recovered at home and was discharged with a Silver War Badge on 10/12/18. The SWB Roll is on line but I can’t publish it due to Copyright.
Frank Dunn with his new wife. This photo was carried in his tunic during his time on the Somme.
Frank Dunn and other troops wearing hospital blues with men from a multitude of other regiments.
Frank Dunn – fifth from left – and other members of C Company – probably XII Pln. at Heaton Park 24th November 1914.
Frank Dunn – fifth from left – and other members of the Guard at Heaton Park. Postmark 21st October 1914. Courtesy Clive Dunn.
XII Platoon Roll Courtesy Manchesters Forum and Book of Honour
Frank Dunn Front Right- and other troops wearing hospital blues.
Frank Dunn – L/H Kneeling and men from C Company at Heaton Park. The Original tents and frames of the new huts can be seen under construction. Post marked 16th October 1914.
I think Frank Dunn was the standing in the second row down, and he was third from the left…….
Thank you for the photo – I hadn’t seen it before. It makes it all come alive.
Do you please have any family details, descendants etc of Frank. I wondered if he may have resided in Burnage at any time as I have some details of a Frank Dunn who lived there.
I think there were a lot of Frank Dunns. My Dad was another! As far as I knew he grew up and lived in Stockport all his life. No cars then for army privates…..
I’ve sent an email to Clive in case he hasn’t seen you post.
Thanks for dropping in.
Burnage is right next door to Heaton Reddish, north of Stockport, where Frank was born and married Ellen North. Ellen lived at 25 Reddish Road and Frank lived at 189 Old Road Stockport when they married. Both about 2 miles from Burnage
I reckon Stuart may have the right man.
Thank you for your replies. The Frank Dunn i am researching was unfortunately killed by an exploding armament in 1944/5 down south although I understand that he lived in “Burnage” where his friend visited his parent(s). Sorry to be vague.
No problem, we all tend to become interested when there are no living relatives left!