Memorial: M1414

Memorial at St Lawrence’s Church, Bradfield, Essex, commemorating Edwin Harris Dunning d. 1917

Location

St Lawrence's Church, Bradfield, Essex, England

Transcript

'SACRED . TO . THE.MEMORY . OF / SQUADRON . COMMANDER / EDWIN . HARRIS . DUNNING . DSC. RN / H.M.S. FURIOUS / BORN .17TH JULY . 1892 . SECOND . SON . OF / SIR . EDWARD . HARRIS . DUNNING . KNIGHT . / OF. JACQUES . HALL . IN . THIS . PARISH / WOUNDED . 20TH JUNE . 1916 . WHILE . BOMBING / ENEMY . TERRITORY : IN . A . FIGHT . WITH . GERMAN / SEAPLANES .AND . WAS . AWARDED . THE / DISTINGUISHED . SERVICE . CROSS . FOR / GALLANTRY . ON . THIS . AND . OTHER . OCCASIONS / KILLED . 7TH AUGUST . 1917 / BURIED .IN. BRADFIELD . CHURCHYARD / BESIDE . HIS . MOTHER / The Admiralty wish you to know what / great service he performed for the Navy. / It was in fact a demonstration of landing / an Aeroplane on the deck of a Man-of-War / whilst the latter was under way. / This had never been done before; and the / data obtained was of the utmost value. / It will make Aeroplanes indispensible to the / Fleet, & possibly revolutionise Naval Warfare. / The risk taken by Squadron Commander Dunning needed much courage. He had already made / two successful landings: but expressed a wish / to land again himself, before other Pilots did so: / and in this last run he was killed. My Lords / desire to place on record their sense of loss / to the Naval Service of this Gallant Officer.' 'His captain wrote "I shall never cease to admire / & regret him. He was so keen and full of / enthusiasm & such an excellent capable / fellow in every way. Both officers & men / serving under him deeply feel the loss of / so fine an officer and gentleman"'

Details

Description: Inscription in architectural surround with Dunning arms above.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Alabaster
Vessel: HMS Furious

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Dunning, Edwin Harris
Age:
Date of Death: 7/8/1917
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Squadron Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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