b. 12/06/1889 Clitheroe, Lancashire. d. 16/02/1943 London.
DATE OF AM ACTION: 12/06/1918 Saulty-Larbret, France.
James was the son of Joseph W and Catherine Dunn, and enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards on 4th January 1912. He served in France, Belgium and Germany from 12th August 1914 to 6th March 1919. He then became an Orderly to Major General Commanding London District from 1919-1922. He was a Special Constable during the General Strike of 1926. Following his discharge from the Army in 1927, became employed in the hotel trade as a waiter and attendant. He was married with three daughters before his death in 1943. Sadly due to poverty he was forced to pawn his Albert Medal, which was later rescued by the Coldstream Guards and it remains in their collection.
At a railhead in France, on the evening of the 12th June, 1918, several trucks loaded with heavy ammunition caught fire, causing an explosion. (Several men were wounded, and some lay underneath the burning trucks. Dunn at once rushed forward, regardless of his own safety, and carried two of the wounded men to a shelter trench close by, where he rendered them first aid. He then returned to the assistance of the other wounded men, when a second explosion took place. Notwithstanding this, and also the very grave danger of further explosions, he continued to assist the wounded and to help to rescue those who were lying helpless under the burning trucks. His bravery, coolness and prompt action undoubtedly saved several men from being burned to death.
BURIAL LOCATION: BROMPTON CEMETERY, LONDON.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: COLDSTREAM GUARDS MUSEUM, LONDON.
Allan Stanistreet – Image of James Dunn AM.