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The Invergordon Archive

Henry Dunn And Robert Christie Dunn
The Invergordon Archive
Henry Dunn And Robert Christie Dunn

I mentioned earlier that Henry and Anne Dunn lost two of their sons in World War One. They were Henry and Robert Christie Dunn, their names are on the Invergordon war monument.
Henry was killed in action on Monday December 21 1914 in Flanders. He was a member of The Household Cavalry, Cavalry of the line including Yoemanry and The Imperial Camel Corp. and the 7th Dragoon Guards.
Robert Christie Dunn was killed in action on Saturday April 21 1917 in The Persian Gulf theatre of war. He was a Seaforth Highlander. Sadly there is not a photograph of either of those young men but surely they deserve mention here.
These are their commemorative plaques. Unfortunately we cannot make them any clearer...they read as follows:

He whom this scroll commemorates was numbered among those who,
At the call of King and country, left all that was dear to them,
Endured hardness, faced danger, and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self sacrifice,
Giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom,
Let those who came after see to it that his name be not forgotten.
Picture added on 15 January 2019 at 12:30
These Widows Penny's, scrolls and medals have a place of honour our home. They were presented to my great grandmother and were passed to my grandmother Mary Martin ( Dunn) at the death of her parents in Campbeltown Henry and Robert Christie were her brothers.
Henry enlisted in the British Army in 1908 joining the 7th Dragoon Guards and was posted to India via Egypt. He returned to France upon mobilization of the Indian Army on October 12 1924. He went Missing In Action on December 21st 1912 the battle known as the Defence of Festubert. His remains still lies beneath farmers fields just north of a town called Givenchy. A good account of the battle is contained in a book called 'Honour and Fidelity' by Amarider Singh as well as other sources.

Robert Christie was killed during the battle of Istabulat. Again the body was not recovered and his remains lie in the dust between Istabulat Station and the Dujail Canal. As noted he was with the Seaforth Highlanders 1st Battalion. Details of this battle were found in several books 'The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad', 'With a Highland Regiment'"Memory of Albert Brember' and 'The Long Road to Baghdad

I have been researching their deaths for some time now since inheriting the medals from my father Angus Martin, Mary's Son
My brother Peter Martin sent the photograph of the penny's and medals to Harry along with other earlier photographs of the Dunn family.
Added by Innes Martin on 29 January 2019
Great to see that you have posted the pictures I sent you, will try to retake these and send clear ones.
Added by John Martin on 29 January 2019
Sorry the dates came out wrong. Henry mobilized to France with the Indian Army in 1914 and died 1914. not 1924 and 1912.
Added by Innes Martin on 29 January 2019
Thanks Innes, I can remember my grandparents Farquhar and Mary Ann Dunn going to Campbelltown to visit Farquhar's sister. I never met Mary Martin (Dunn), only the Invergordon side of the family.
Thanks also to you John..
Added by Harry O'Neill on 29 January 2019
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