Thomas William Bunting (1886–1936)


Royal Field Artillery 20520 48 Brigade

Thomas, enlisted in Sept 1914 whilst living at Coddington Farm working as a platelayer. He was posted to France and in Feb 1915 and received a broken arm and collarbone when his horse was blown up. In 1918 he received a shell gas wound and was invalided to the UK He was transferred to the Reserve in July 1919 and demobbed in March 1920. Two brothers are also on the Roll of Honour.

Medal Card
Awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

Service Record
Thomas attested at Mansfield on 7 Sept 1914, aged 27 years 69 days, an unmarried platelayer. His address was Coddington House, Whatstandwell. His height was 5ft 6¾, and he weighed 135lb having green eyes, black hair and a dark complexion. The religion given was C of E. Thomas had a scar on his right little finger and nose. Next-of-kin was given as Joseph Bunting, 33 Bagshaw Street, Pleasley

Home 7 Sept 1914 to 20 May 1915
France 21 May 1915 to 3 Jan 1917
Home 4 Jan 1917 to 14 Jan 1917
France 15 Jan 1917 to 10 Feb 1918
Home 11 Feb 1918 to 31 March 1920

Driver 7 Sept 1914
Posted 12 Sept 1914
To base 5 June 1917
Posted 17 June 1917 as driver
Shell gas wound in 1918
Transferred to Class Z 14 July 1919
Demobbed 31 March 1920

Newspaper Reports

Derbyshire Courier, 13 February 1915
Whatstandwell Gunner’s Escape.
An English, Tommy’s regard for his horse is shown in a descriptive letter sent by Gunner Tom Bunting, of the 48th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, to his parents at Derwent Terrace, Whatstandwell. Gunner Bunting, who is now at Godaming, Surrey, having been invalided there from the front after sustaining a broken arm and collarbone, starts in his thrilling account of his experiences: – "I was dressing a riding sore, getting off my horse I was going behind a tree about 20 yards away. I was just about to return to mount when a "Jack Johnson" came and blew my horse all to bits and buried me. It exploded about 10 yards away from my horse. I was very sorry to lose him; he was such a good horse to me I would go through the thickest of it without any trouble. When you have a good animal like that it makes you very fond of it."
Another extraordinary escape which he had is described by Gunner Bunting as follows: "I was standing against several officers waiting for orders as a dispatch rider when a shell came and exploded going straight through one of the officers. Part of his remains fell at my feet. It makes one feel quite queer.

Thomas Bunting's brothers Willoughby Bunting and Douglas 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: Leys Farm, Ashbourne

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Thomas W Bunting Servant 23 General farm hand Crich

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1918 Crich Voters List
Thomas William Bunting, Crich Carr– absent on military service.