DORLING, Louis James

No. 61192, Gunner, Louis James DORLING
Aged 22
no medals Royal Garrison Artillery
Died in UK on Friday, 30th June 1916

Louis James Dorling was born 1894 in Wangford (Mildenhall Q3-1894 4A:749) son of James and Louisa Minnie Georgianna DORLING (née BOWERS).

1901 census...Aged 6, he was at 57 Avenue Farm, Icklingham with his father James DORLING [33] gamekeeper born Wangford; his mother Minnie G [34] born Marrass, Ireland; sister Minnie R [5] and brother William G [2] both born in Wangford.

1911 census...Aged 16, a warrener, he was still at Avenue Farm with his parents, sister Minnie Rebecca, brother William George and sister Violet Jickling [9] born Icklingham. There was another sibling, sister Daisy Mary [1893) who was staying with her uncle and aunt George and Agnes SAY at the Cricketers Inn, Gooderstone, Norfolk at the time of the 1901 census.

He enlisted in Newmarket.
He died in Woolwich (Woolwich Q3-1916 1D:1060).

The Bury Free Press of 8th July 1916 reported at his funeral (the same day as Lt Pemberton):-
The late Prvt. Dorling, Royal Garrison Artillery was noted locally for his geniality and kind disposition, whilst his keen sense of duty was especially noticed during his military career. When the call for men for the Army came he quickly responded, though his health could not have been robust, for it was only three weeks after enlistment before he was admitted to hospital. After a short period of treatment it was seen that he was suffering from serious complications, viz., pneumonia, septic poisoning and pleurisy, He received every medical and nursing attention but without avail. His death on Friday last came as a great shock to the villagers of Icklingham........

Louis Dorling is buried in Icklingham (St James) Churchyard, New ground, west end
and also commemorated on the Weather Heath Memorial (Elveden Column by the A11)

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