Gunning, John Walter (1897-1918).
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: John Walter Gunning (1897-1918), born 6 August 1897, son of Walter Gunning and Lottie Gunning of Fairview, Portchester Road, Fareham, Hampshire, formerly of 81 West Street, Fareham, Hampshire.
Attended Wellesley House preparatory school, Broadstairs, Kent.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1911-July 1914.
WW1, Lieutenant in the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment), 1st Bn. Gazetted to the Wiltshire Regiment in August 1916 and joined one of the battalions in France in September 1916. He was slightly wounded in November 1916 and was invalided home in April 1917, but rejoined his battalion in January 1918. Killed at the battle of Bapaume on 24 March 1918 (Palm Sunday).
Arras Memorial, Bay 7 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/637473/GUNNING,%20JOH...
Fareham War Memorial www.roll-of-honour.com/Hampshire/Fareham.html
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House roll of honour.
Obituary, The Shirburnian, June 1918: 'LIEUT. JOHN WALTER GUNNING, Wiltshire Regiment, who was killed on March 24th, was the only surviving son of Mr and Mrs Walter Gunning, of Fareham, Hants, and was born in August 1897. He was educated at Sherborne School and Sandhurst, and was gazetted to the Wiltshire Regiment in August 1916, joining one of the battalions in France in September 1916. He was slightly wounded in the following November, and was invalided home in April 1917, but he rejoined his battalion in January this year, and was killed on Palm Sunday. His Colonel writes: 'I am most sorry to lose so smart and brave an officer. He was always anxious to help me in every way, and was as keen as could be on his company and the battalion. I know all ranks will miss him very much, as he was so popular. His company did the most magnificent work in the front lines, repulsing several attacks, and I ascribe their success to the splendid officers, such as your son, who were in the company.'