FIRST NAMES. Arthur Parker.
REGIMENT. Essex Regiment.
DOB/AGE 23/5/1925 19 years.
MARITAL STATUS. Single.
OCCUPATION. Signalman (Railway)
DATE OF ENLISTMENT. September 1943.
STATUS. Killed in Action
DATE OF DEATH. 9/7/1944
WHERE BURIED. Bayeux France.
MEDALS. France & Germany Star, 1939-45 Star, Defence Medal, Victory Medal.
Arthur Dunn was born 23 May 1925 and was the son of Charles and Norah and brother to Winifred and lived in The Green Brompton.He attended Brompton school and the Methodist and Sunday school and was a keen cricket fan.
On leaving school he worked at the Linen Mill Brompton as a tuner. After a year he left the mill and started working for the London North Eastern Railway at Northallerton station as a porter. After a couple of years he was given training as a signalman and worked in the signal box at Northallerton rail junction then considered to be one of the most up to date signal boxes in the country as it had recently been fitted with the new lever system.
In September 1943 at the age of 18 years and 4 months Arthur was called up into the Essex Regiment and was sent to Brancpeth Castle for training. He was given 48 hours leave and then was sent down south to prepare for the invasion. He came home for two weeks leave in February 1944 and on June 6th 1944 he landed at Gold Beach Normandy with the 50th Division.
On the 9th August 1944 Arthur was killed in action during the vicious fighting for the French town of Caen. So less than a year after being called up Arthur died doing his duty, having seen so little of life. The call came, he answered. Arthur was awarded the: 1939-45 Star France & Germany Star Victory Medal Defence Medal. Arthur Dunn lies buried in the Commonwealth War Grave at Bayeux . He is also remembered on the Lych Gate War Memorial Brompton Parish Church.
Arthur was aged 19 years.