Douglas Bunting

Private (1894–1931)

Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 32129 16th & 10th Battalions

Douglas worked at the Dawbarn’s steam joinery works at Whatstandwell. He enlisted in Nov 1915 and served with the 16th and 10th Foresters. In Aug 1917, he received shrapnel wounds to his right thigh and was transferred to a hospital in Nottingham. In Jan 1919 he was discharged due to his wounds and settled in Sunderland, where he resided for the rest of his life. He had married married Ruth S Smith in 1919 June qtr (Sunderland reg district). Two of his brothers, Thomas and Willoughby are also on the Roll.

Medal Card
Awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
16th & 10th Bns

Silver War Badge
32129 Private Douglas Bunting , badge B965503, Enlisted 4.11.15 Discharged 21.1.19. aged 24; dischaged Para 392 xvi

Newspaper Reports

Derbyshire Courier, 18 August 1917
Mr and Mrs Joseph J. Bunting of Coddington House, Crich Carr, received a letter on Thursday of last week from a general hospital in France informing them that their youngest son, Private Douglas Bunting, had been admitted there, the result of wounds received in action on 27 July. Private Bunting was afterwards moved across to "Blighty," arriving in England on Friday, and next day he was transferred to the Nottingham Military Hospital. Mrs Bunting saw him there on Tuesday and found him suffering from a severe flesh wound in the right thigh, caused by shrapnel. A portion of the shrapnel has already been extracted, and he is progressing favourably. Private Bunting, who is 23, was employed at Messrs Dawbarns joinery works, Whatstandwell when he joined up in November 1914. He was drafted with the Sherwood Foresters across to France about a year and eight months ago and has not since had the privilege of leave home. Some months ago he was buried in his dugout through an exploding shell, but he managed to escape very little the worse for his experience. He is the youngest of three brothers serving. Gunner Thomas Bunting, one of the three, has been wounded on no less than six occasions, and has had some miraculous escapes.

Derbyshire Courier, 19 August 1917
Pte D. Bunting, Crich Carr

Derby Daily Telegraph , Monday 3 September 1917
Wounded 32129 D. Bunting

Douglas Bunting's brothers Willoughby Bunting and Thomas Bunting are also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Crich Carr

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph J Bunting Head 46 Fireman at wireworks Moorwood Moor
Lizzie Bunting wife 46   Nottingham
Joseph J Bunting son 19 Gritstone quarryman Crich Carr
Willoughby Bunting son 16 Errand boy Crich Carr
Thomas W Bunting son 14 Errand boy Crich Carr
Mary Hh. Bunting daughter 12   Crich Carr
Elsie Bunting daughter 11   Crich Carr
Emma A Bunting daughter 8   Crich Carr
Duglas Bunting son 6   Crich Carr

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1911: Bargate, Holbrook

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Job Bunting Head 57 Horseman at farm n.k.
Lizzie Bunting wife 58   Nottingham
Mary Hannah Bunting daughter 22   Crich Carr
Duglas Bunting son 16 Farm labourer Crich Carr

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1939 Register: St Paul's Terrace (Sunderland area)
[Douglas Bunting died 1931 – his family:]
Ruth Bunting b.19 May 1901
Douglas Bunting b.1 December 1924; belt boy, picking stones from coal, coal mine