THERE ARE 3 DUNKLEY SOLDIERS ON THE WAR MEMORIAL AT
ST ANDREWS CHURCH, HARLESTONE, A COUSIN AND 2 BROTHERS
PRIVATE ARTHUR HENRY DUNKLEY
Born in 1898 youngest of 5 children of Joseph Henry Dunkley and Lucy (need Wadsworth) of Harlestone. In the 1911 census Arthur worked as a gardener/domestic age13. He enlisted in the Northampton Regiment in December 1915 then he transferred to Royal Innniskilling Fusiliers 1916/17 and went to France in 1917. With other battalions they fought a fighting withdrawal across the old Somme Battlefields of 1916. Arthur died in battle 27th March 1917. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Poziers Memorial to the missing on the Somme. He was just 18 years old.
PRIVATE CHARLES FREDERICK DUNKLEY
Son of Frederick and his 2nd wife Martha Dunkley. Charles was born December 1888 in Harlestone. He worked for the Althorp Estate then enlisted in the 1st/4th Territorial Battalion of the Northampton Regiment. The battalion sailed from Devonport on 29th July 1915 aboard the Royal George calling in at Malta then sailing onto Sulva Bay on the Gallipali Peninsular. The men moved up into the hills and experienced Turkish shellfire for the first time. By the end of November approximately 180 men were lost as a result of battlefield casualties, the rest including Charles fell sick and were evacuated to Egypt, then Charles was brought back to England. He died in Crumpsall Military Hospital, Manchester, on 22nd February 1916. He is buried in St. Andrew’s churchyard, Harlestone.
PRIVATE FREDERICK DUNKLEY
Born in Harlestone 1894. Like his brother, he also worked at Althorp as a stable helper/domestic. Just before the war he married Lily Gladys Hammond from Duston. They had a son Frederick who was born in 1915. Frederick Snr was in the 1st/4th Northamptonshire Regiment. After being evacuated from the Gallipoli Peninsular in January 1916 they were stationed at Mena Camp near Cairo guarding the Suez Canal. Frederick died of illness on 28th December 1918 aged 23 and is buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery.
There are still Dunkley’s living in the village.