BRUNNING, Arthur George

No.17714, Private, George BRUNNING
Aged 25

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Tuesday, 8th October 1918

CWGC have him as BRUNNING, C.

Arthur George Brunning was born in 1893 in Ixworth Thorpe(Thingoe Q1-1893 4A:791), son of Edward and Ada BRUNNING (née HORREX).

1901 census...Aged 8, he was at Ixworth Road, Ixworth Thorpe with his father Edward BRUNNING [43] horsekeeper, born Honington; his mother Ada [41] born Honington; brothers Leonard [17], John [15] and Charles [13] all farm labourers and born in Honington; sisters Laura [10] born Troston, Alicwe [6] and Edith [4] born in Ixworth Thorpe, and brother Thomas [2] born in Ixworth Thorpe.

1911 census...Aged 18, a farm labourer, he was at Ixworth Thorpe with his widower father; brothers Charles, Thomas and Willie [7] born Ixworth Thorpe; sisters Alice and Ruth [5] born Ixworth Thorpe. His mother had died in 1908

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds

From Lt Col Murphy's "History of the Suffolk Regiment" - Battle Of Cambrai (8-9th October 1918) a phase of the Battle Of The Hindenburg line.

The 2nd Suffolks were in support for the attack on Seranvillers, with the aim of passing through Red Line and capturing Green Line, the main target being Seranvillers and the road to La Targette. The attack started at 4.30 am and Red Line was captured without much resistance. They then advanced to Green Line, taking all their objectives in time except for La Targette itself. At dusk things quietened down and the enemy evacuated La Targette, leaving behind a few machine guns. The next day the 2nd Suffolks came out of the line to Havringcourt. The battalion lost 19 NCO's and other ranks that day.

Initially buried in La Targette British Cemetery 1:B:9, he was moved to about a mile, to Forenville Military Cemetery in 1920 when La Targette was relinquished.

George Brunning is buried in Forenville Military Cemetery, grave E:12

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