Edward Harry Nunn AM

b. 10/01/1892 Rochester, Kent.  d. ?

DATE OF AM ACTION: 16/09/1918 Dover, Kent.

Edward was born in Cliffe, near Rochester, Kent on 10th January 1892, the eldest of six children born to Sarah Nunn (sometimes spelt Munn). After basic schooling, Edward became a farm labourer. On the outbreak of World War I, Edward enlisted with the Royal Navy and served on several ships including HMS Pembroke. In 1922, he married Florence Pucknell in Strood, Kent, and in later life he returned to farming. He worked as a shepherd and stockman on a farm near Tonbridge, Kent.



On the 16th September, 1918, a serious explosion occurred amidships on board H.M.S. “Glatton” whilst lying in Dover Harbour. This was followed immediately by an outbreak of fire, the oil fuel burning furiously and spreading fore and aft. Efforts were made to extinguish the fire by means of salvage tugs. The foremost magazines were flooded, but it was found impossible to get to the after magazine flooding positions. The explosion and fire cut off the after part of the ship, killing or seriously injuring all the officers who were on board with one exception. The ship might have blown up at any moment. Lieutenant Belben, Sub Lieutenant Evans, Petty Officer Stoker, and Able Seaman Nunn were in boats which were rescuing men who had been blown, or who had jumped, overboard. They proceeded on board H.M.S. “Glatton” on their own initiative, and entered the super-structure, which was full of dense smoke, and proceeded down to the deck below. Behaving with the greatest gallantry and contempt of danger, they succeeded in rescuing seven or eight badly injured men from the mess deck, in addition to fifteen whom they found and brought out from inside the superstructure. This work was carried out before the arrival of any gas masks, and, though at one time they were driven out by the fire, they proceeded down again after the hoses had been played on the flames. They continued until all chance of rescuing others had passed, and the ship was ordered to be abandoned, when she was sunk by torpedo, as the fire was spreading, and it was impossible to flood the after magazines.