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poppyOn Tuesday 23rd October at 6pm the bell ringers of St John's will commemorate the lives of :

Edward John Dungey died 14.10.1918, Arthur DURRANT died 23.10.1918 and Theodore FUDGE died 28.10.1918

 

Edward John Dungey died 14.10.1918
34th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps

Tyne  cotEdward John Dungey was born in Milborne Port in 1891, the son of Thomas and Sarah and the sixth of nine children. The 1911 Census shows him employed as a glove cutter, and living with his older brother, Thomas and his family in Brook Street, Milborne Port. In March 1913 he married Minnie Burgess. Originally joining the Dorset Regiment he, at some point, transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. At the time of his death the Division, of which the 34th Battalion was a part, was again in furious action in the Ypres Salient and particularly at the Battle of Courtrai.

Sgt Dungey has no known grave but is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial along with nearly 35,000 servicemen from the UK and Commonwealth who died in the Ypres Salient between mid August 1917 and November 1918.

Arthur DURRANT died 23.10.1918
2nd/4th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry

Arthur DurrantPte Durrant was the third of eight children of Fre drick and Ellen Durrant. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website states that he was 27 year old when he died of influenza and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery near Poperinge. The 1911 Census shows that he was born in Milborne Port and, like his father, was employed as a farm labourer. His family lived at Pope's House, Milborne Wick. Arthur had emigrated to Canada and tried, in vain, to enlist there when war broke out. According to a report, announcing his death, in the Western Gazette of 1st November 1918 he had returned to England to join the Army and served in France, Egypt and Palestine before returning again to France. The report went on to state that 'he was a general favourite with everyone because of his exuberant spirits and plucky disposition'.

The 2nd/4th Battalion was formed at Bath in September 1914 and in December arrived in India. In September 1917 they were transferred to Suez, coming under orders of 232nd Brigade, 75th Division and saw action in Palestine through the autumn. In June 1918 the battalion landed in Marseilles, moved to the Western Front with 34th Division as a Pioneer Battalion, and saw action on the Marne, 23rd July - 2nd August, at the Battle of Soissonnais. This was the turning point of the war on the Western Front and from that date the German advance was halted. Through August, 34th Division helped push the Germans back across the battlefields of the Somme. In September they took part in the attack on the Hindenburg Line and in October were involved in fierce fighting in the advance across the River Selle and the liberation of Valenciennes and Mons.

Theodore FUDGE died 28.10.1918
1st/4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders

Arras CambreyPte Fudge was 19 years old when he died, and is buried in the Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy in the Pas de Calais. The grave reference indicates that his was one of the original 71 graves in this cemetery. It was opened in October 1918 to take fatalities from the Casualty Clearing Stations which served the area south of the main Arras to Cambrai road. Following the Armistice it became the permanent burial location for those who had died during 1917-18 on the battlefields between Arras and Bapaume. It now contains the graves of 2,377 British and Commonwealth servicemen.

The 1901 Census shows Theodore as the youngest of three children of Mervyn and Lucy Fudge living in North Street, Milborne Port with Mervyn being an innkeeper and road contractor. In 1902 Mervyn Fudge died and by the 1911 Census Theodore, then 11 years old, his mother and sister Lizzie, were living in Newtown. At this time his mother was employed as a 'sick nurse'. Pte Fudge's entry on the Forces War Records website shows that, at the time of his death, his mother was living at Stockwood, near Dorchester.

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