This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 11491
- Rank: Guardsman
- Regiment/Service: Scots Guards
- Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 40
- Date of Death: 18.12.1914
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Ploegsteert Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 1
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 27 North Tay St, Dundee
- Occupation: John Henderson & Sons, Ltd, Lindsay St Works, Dundee
Margaret Gunning, 8 Pound St, Sligo, Ireland
More about Richard Gunning
Richard has no known grave but is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial.
Richard Gunning 11491 Scots Guards
DUNDEE SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION
Last Words to His Mother.
“I am not going away with the intention of being killed, mother,” were the last words of Private Richard Gunning, of the Scots Guards, when he was saying good-bye to his mother on 7th September.
Alas a German bullet found him, and he now lies buried in a strange land. Private Gunning was a reservist, having gone through the Boer War without receiving a scratch, and prior to the outbreak of the present war was employed with John Henderson & Sons (Dundee), Ltd., Lindsay Street Works. He was forty years of age, and was a widower, his wife having died early in July.
His mother, who lives at 27 North Tay Street, Dundee, has received intimation that her son, who was over six feet in height, was killed in action on 18th December, 1914.
Dundee Evening Telegraph 4th February 1915
DUNDEE GUARDSMAN KILLED.
Private Richard Gunning of the Scots Guards, who was killed in action on 18th December, belonged to Dundee. Intimation of his death has been received by his mother, who resides at 27 North Tay Street. Private Gunning, who was forty years of age and a widower, was employed with John Henderson & Sons (Dundee), Ltd., Lindsay Street Works. He re-enlisted on 7th September. Private Gunning served in the South African War. He was over six feet in height.
Dundee Courier 5th February 1915
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