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8481 Company Serjeant Major James Nunn, DCM, MM


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Does anyone have any information on 8481 Company Serjeant Major James Nunn, DCM, MM who died on 30th June 1918 and is buried in La Clytte? He served with the 15th Battalion Hampshire Regiment.

Any help with details about him would be most useful.

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You may have these - from Ancestry:

His DCM citation ("for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty"):

Name: J. Nunn

Gender: Male

Rank: CSM

Military Date: 2 Jun 1918

Unit Location: United Kingdom

Residence Location: Fulham, London SW

Regiment, Corps, or Unit: Hampshire Regiment

Regimental Number: 8481

Also in Soldiers Died in the Great War:

Name: James Nunn

Birth Place: Camberley, Surrey

Residence: Camberley, Surrey

Death Date: 30 Jun 1918

Death Place: France and Flanders

Enlistment Place: Aldershot, Hants

Rank: C.S.M.

Regiment: Hampshire Regiment

Battalion: 15th (Service) Battalion

Regimental Number: 8481

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Comments: M.M., D.C.M.

Mike

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His Medal Index Card (wrongly numbered 8484) indicates he was originally in the 2nd Battalion which landed at Cape Helles, Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.

I can't see any surviving service records..

Mike

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From Casualty Lists:

Forename J

Surname Nunn

Casualty Status Wounded

Rank Lance-Corporal

Service Number 8481

Regiment Hampshire Regt, 2nd Bn.

Daily List Date 6th July 1915

Report Received Date 19th June 1915

Forename J

Surname Nunn

Casualty Status Wounded

Rank Acting Sergeant

Service Number 8481

Regiment Hampshire Regt., 2nd Bn.

Daily List Date 3rd January 1916

Category NCO's and Men - Mediterranean Force

Source Daily Casualty Lists

Forename J

Surname Nunn

Casualty Status Wounded

Rank Company Sergeant Major

Service Number 8481

Regiment Hampshire Regiment

Home Town / Place of Enlistment Fulham, S.W.

Daily List Date 25th October 1917

List Number No 5399

Part Number Part 5

Category WO's, NCO's and Men

Source WO Casualty Lists

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He could be, according to the 1901 Census, James Nunn born 1889, York Town, Surrey, England, son of Charles (38) and Tryphena (37) Nunn, siblings:

NAME AGE

Gertrude Nunn 14

Gartrell Nunn 11

Marion Nunn 9

Isabella Nunn 4

Tryphena Nunn 3

Thomas Nunn 6

Caroline Nunn 2

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Looking at servicemen with similar regimental numbers he would have enlisted in the first few days of 1910.

8476 Day enlist 1.1.10

8478 Morgan enlist 5.1.10

8488 Moody enlist 3.1.10

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All absolutely brilliant, I am really most grateful.

Thank you.

Wilhelm

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Wilhelm

Some miracle that he survived even Gallipoli after 2 Battalion Hampshire's several difficult periods in the months following landing on 25 April 1915,which date saw very heavy losses on the landing at V Beach.

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I always think of so many poor souls were killed within hours of arrival at the front and then when you think of James Nunn who survived so many grim actions only to be killed at a relatively 'quiet' period.

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The DCM citation was actually 6 February 1918 (i.e. in English dates, 6-2-1918 not 2-6-1918):

8481 C.S.M. J. Nunn, Hamps. R. (Fulham, London, S.W.).
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. With a few men he rushed an enemy strong point which threatened to hold up the advance of a whole brigade. Though wounded in the advance, he was the first to reach the objective, and when the enemy counter-attacked he took command of his company and held his position when the troops on both flanks were driven back. His conduct throughout was beyond all praise.
It was first announced in the London Gazette of 19-11-1917
WO391/6 shows that the D.C.M. was awarded for deeds at "Tower Hamlets" on 21-9-1917 during the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge.
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His Military Medal was announced in the London Gazette of 11-11-1916:
Steve.
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Very many thanks Steve for such excellent and valuable information. Much appreciated indeed.

Wilhelm

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