DUNNETT, Alfred Banham

No.9094, Private, Alfred Banham DUNNETT
Aged 29

"D" Coy., 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Sunday 28th October 1917

Alfred Banham Dunnett was born at Denver Sluice, Norfolk in 1889 (Downham Q4-1889 4B:34), son of Alfred and Rosanna DUNNETT (née WADE).

1891 census...Aged 1, he was at Denver Sluice with his father Alfred DUNNETT [32] boatwright, born Hilgay; his mother Rosanna [24] born Crimplesham, brother John T. [3 months] born Denver and aunt Mary WADE [15] born Crimplesham.

1901 census...Aged 11, he was at North Street, Burwell with his parents; brothers John Thomas, Arthur H. [8] Robert W. [6] both born in Denver, Bertram [2] and Edward [2months] both born in Burwell, and sister Harriet Rose [7] born Denver.

1911 census...Aged 22, a boat builder, he was at North Street, Burwell with his widower father and brothers John Thomas (boat builder), Robert William (gardener) Bertie, Edward and sisters Harriet Ann and Alice [7] born Burwell. His mother had died in 1907.

He was an older brother of John Thomas DUNNETT who was killed in France in 1917 see here

from the badge on his sleeve, he was a Signaller

His Army records are faint and badly damaged and worse, they are mixed in with those of Percy Alfred Dunnett, also Norfolk Regiment, No. 200462. Here are hopefully the details of Alfred Banham Dunnett only.

He enlisted in Cambridge on 19th January 1914 in the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, giving his age as 24 years 98 days, born Denver Sluice, Norfolk, a boatwright. After 168 day he was discharged from the Suffolk and joined the Regular Army, 1st battalion, Norfolk Regiment on 6th July 1914.
That seems to be the extent of his surviving records. His brother John Thomas' records appear to be more complete.

The 1st Norfolks were in training at Berthen until 23rd October, then moved into divisional reserve on the 25th at Bedford House, and on the 26th were at Stirling Castle, where the line was nothing but a network of shell holes and the rest of the month was spent improving these defences. They took no part in the temporary capture of Polderhoek on the 26th. Nonetheless the battalion had 12 killed on 28th, only one with an identified grave.

Alfred Dunnett is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 34,35 162A

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details