Pte/Sgt/Pte Clifford Dunwell 15/294

Pte/Sgt/Pte Clifford Dunwell 15/294

Born Leeds 1897

Killed in action France 3rd of May 1917

Clifford Dunwell was one of 15 children born to Hannah and her late husband Joseph Dunwell, the children and their widowed mother were Living at 19,Carberry Road, Leeds, Clifford was working as Pawnbrokers assistant when he joined the Pals on the 5th of September 1914, He served first as a Private then after promotion, as a sergeant with number 4 platoon of A company in Colsterdale Egypt and France.
Shortly after the Pals had arrived in France, Sgt Dunwell was reverted to the rank of Private, the reason for this is given as neglect of duty, and the date as 16th of March 1916. He served as a private thoughout the battle of the Somme and other campaigns until his death in the opening weeks of the battle of Arras in 1917, He was killed in action at Gavrelle on the first day that the Pals were to fight in the battle.

Having no known grave he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France

His elder brother Francis was killed in action with the 8th battalion West Yorkshire regiment(the Leeds Rifles) on 27/9/1918
He is buried in Beaumetz cross roads cemetery, Cambrai, France.

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