Lieutenant B.G. Gunner

1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

 

 

1892 - 1915

 

Born Droxford 1892, son of Charles Richard and Jessie Kate Gunner, of Ridgemede, Bishop’s Waltham, Hants. Was the 5th witness at the trial of Herbert Burden on the count of cowardice and desertion, his evidence was based on fact, he stated: “I produce A.F.B. 122 showing 7 cases of absence and 3 miscellaneous offences on Home Service and one case of absence in this country. He came out on 28th March 1915 and has served with the Battalion since then except for 11 days in Hospital."

Later promoted to Captain, killed in action 7th October 1915, laid to rest at Brandhoek Military Cemetery I. G. 13.

 

Further information

Born son of Charles Richard and Jessie Kate Gunner, in the third quarter of 1892 Droxford
Enlisted in to the army, 1912
Entered the European Theatre of war on 13th August 1914

Appointed Second Lieutenant 1912
In India with Battalion 1913
Went to France 13th August 1914 on SS Norman
Appointed Lieutenant on 16th September 1914
Appointed Temporary Captain supernumerary to establishment 16th June 1915 (London Gazette 3rd August 1915)
Awarded Military Cross 23rd June 1915 (London Gazette 23rd June 1915)
Appointed Captain 21st August 1915 (London Gazette 15th November 1915)

Served as Battalion Transport Officer 1914-1915

After Bellewaarde became Adjutant in succession to Captain William Herbert, who was shot through the head by a stray bullet and died instantly.

Gunner was the 5th witness at the trial of Herbert Burden on the count of cowardice and desertion, his evidence was based on fact, he stated: “I produce A.F.B. 122 showing 7 cases of absence and 3 miscellaneous offences on Home Service and one case of absence in this country. He came out on 28th March 1915 and has served with the Battalion since then except for 11 days in Hospital."

Benjamin George was the son of Charles Richard and Jessie Kate Gunner of Ridgemede House, Bishop's Waltham, Hants.

Records on 1901 Census show he is living with his parents and siblings – Daisy M, Edward Geoffrey and Margaret E - at Ridgemede.

His elder brother, Lieutenant Thomas Ridge Gunner, Northumberland Fusiliers, died in India in 1910 and his otherbrother Sub-Lieutenant Edward Geoffrey Gunner, HMS  Bulwark, was lost when that ship exploded on 26th November 1914, aged 20

 

Details collated by, John Beech