DUNN, Robert Henry William – Wrexham Cemetery

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF ROBERT ANTHONY DUNN, SON OF CAPTAIN R. H. DUNN R. W. FUSILIERS. DIED 17 OCTOBER 1895. AGED 12 YEARS.

THE FAREWELL ALWAYS LIES BEHIND US AND THE WELCOME ALWAYS LIES BEFORE, MEANWHILE GOD IS LEADING WITH A HAND OF LOVE TO THE HOUSE WHERE’MID THE MYRIADS HOLY ONLY WELCOMES WAIT US ALL ABOVE.

ALSO OF ROBERT HENRY DUNN, BRIG-GENERAL, LATE R.W.F. BORN 23RD NOV 1857. DIED 8TH JAN 1917.

Robert William Henry Dunn was born in 1857 at St George, Hanover Square, London. He was the son of General William Dunn and Margaret Duncan Brown who married in 1842 in   Allerton, Leeds.

His father William (born 1787) was the Colonel of Royal Artillery and the son of Thomas Dunn a politician, judge, and colonial administrator who spent most of his life in Canada and died at Quebec in 1818.

Margaret`s father was William Williams Brown – a banker who died in 1856.  The “William Williams Brown Bank” also known as the Leeds Union Bank was taken over by Lloyds Bank in 1900.

In 1851 William Dunn, Margaret and 4 children are at Denford House, Kintbury.  William is 17 years older than his wife. He has retired from the Royal Artillery and is now running  a large farm.

Robert William Henry was born in 1857 and by 1861 the family has moved to Inglewood House, Kintbury, there are 6 children and Robert W H is the youngest.  They have 17 servants. William is now a landed proprietor.

William Dunn died aged 76 in 1863 at Great Malvern. He was a very wealthy man.

Margaret stayed on at Inglewood House, and in 1871 only 3 of her children are with her, Robert H W is 13 and a scholar at Eton, there are 22 servants. Margaret later moved to Standen Manor, she died in 1890 leaving over £75.000.

Robert Henry William Dunn joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in November 1876, and served in the India and Burma campaigns.

In August 1882 he married Mary Louisa Stokes at Hubberston, Pembroke.  Mary was the daughter of Colonel Anthony Bowen Owen Stokes.

It was a grand affair. The Stokes family had lived in St Botolphs, Pembrokeshire, since the 17th century

After the marriage the couple moved to India where William joined his regiment in Bengal.

On 27 July 1883 she gave birth to Robert Anthony Dunn, but became ill with a fever and died on 25 August aged just 23. She was buried the same day at Dum Dum,  just one day before her son`s baptism. Very sad.

Robert Henry William married again in 1890 in Lucknow, India, his bride was Catherine Constance Selina Erskine who had been born in 1862 in Bombay, she was the daughter of General George Elphinstone Erskine who was also born in India . They returned to Britain and in 1891 they are at Brynestyn, Wrexham with Robert Anthony and other family members.

Later that year Keith Frederick William Dunn was born and in 1894 Margaret Constance Millicent Dunn was born.

Catherine`s father married again in July 1895. Colonel George Elphinstone Erskine, Bombay Cavalry, Commissioner of the Kumaon Division in the North-Western Provinces, India married Eva Constance, eldest daughter of the Rev. Canon Ebenezer. Wood Edwards, vicar of Ruabon. The cake was supplied by Mr F. Stevens, Wrexham.   Eva was  18 years younger  than George , but they had a son in 1899.

Tragedy struck Robert Henry again in October 1895 when his son Robert Anthony William   died aged only 12. A newspaper report states he died at Moorland House, Heswall, which was a boy’s preparatory school. Later in the same month Robert Henry retired from the V.B.R.W.F.

In 1911 Robert Henry and Catherine are down in London, at 9 Eaton Place, Belgrave, but his home address on the form is Althrey, North Wales.

There are many reports in the newspapers about Robert and his work with the Volunteer RWF Brigade.

On the outbreak of the present (1914) war he raised a battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and in October, 1914, was given the command of a brigade of the Welsh Division.

In August 1914 he formed a Pals Battalion of RWF and was then given a brigade in the Welsh Army Corps.

In March 1916 Brigadier-General Dunn was appointed to the command of one of the Welsh brigades in camp in North Wales. He commanded a reserve brigade until 8 December 1916.

In September that year Robert Henry broke his arm after his horse slipped on the road, the accident happened near Kimnel Camp. He never recovered from his injuries and died the following January 1917 in St Thomas Home, London.

In 1918 A stained glass window erected by Mrs, Dunn of Althrey in memory of her husband, the late Brigadier-General R. H. W. Dunn, Roval Welsh Fusiliers, was unveiled at Bangor Isycoed Parish Church. The hymns were accompanied by the band of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The  inscription cut into the stone reads -To the glory of God and in loving memory of Robert Henry William Dunn, Brigadier General, late Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who resided at Althrey in this parish, youngest son of Major-General and Mrs. B Dunn of Inglewood, Hungeford , Berks. Born 23rd November. 1857. Died 8th January, 1917. All things work together for good to them that love God”

Robert Henry William Dunn is one of the names on the Bangor on Dee War memorial.

Catherine died on 18 February 1935 in Kensington, London.

(Above researched by Annette Edwards)

 


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Transcript: SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF ROBERT ANTHONY WILLIAM DUNN, SON OF CAPTAIN R.H. DUNN R.W.FUSILIERS. DIED 17 OCTOBER 1895, AGED 12 YEARS.

THE FAREWELL ALWAYS LIES BEHIND US AND THE WELCOME ALWAYS LIES BEFORE, MEANWHILE GOD IS LEADING WITH A HAND OF LOVE TO THE HOUSE WHERE’MID THE MYRIADS HOLY ONE WELCOMES WAIT US ALL ABOVE.

ALSO OF ROBERT HENRY WILLIAM DUNN, BRIG-GENERAL, LATE R.W.F. BORN 23RD NOV 1857, DIED 8TH JAN 1917.


Full name: DUNN, Robert Henry William

Rank: Brigadier General

Regiment: 13 Res. Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Parent name: Gen. William Dunn, of Inglewood, Hungerford, Berkshire, England

Birth: abt 1858

Birthplace: St George Hanover Square, London, England

Death: 08/01/1917 at St. Thomas Nursing Home, London.

Burial: 12/01/1917

Age: 60

Relationship: Husband of Catherine Constance Selina Dunn (daughter of Gen. George Erskine)

Marriage Date: 05 Feb 1890 at Lucknow, Bengal, India

Plot_ref: J-02549

Address: 24, Lincoln House, Basil Street, Chelsea, London, England.

War: WWI – World War One

Wrexham memorial: Bangor On Dee

Cemetery  or memorial: Wrexham Cemetery

Remarks: Brigadier General Dunn suffered a serious horse riding accident on 17 Sept 1917 near the Kinmel Park Military Training Camp in Wales. He died as a result of his injuries at St. Thomas Nursing Home, London.


Source: Transcription and photographs Graham Lloyd. Additional research by Annette Edwards.

War Casualties at Wrexham Cemetery.