Edward Cunningham

Edward Cunningham

Birth March 1873 Death 1st Mar 1918 Pte.
Royal Engineers
Service #116691

Personal Details

Place of Birth Cleator Moor
Residence at Enlistment 104 Bowthorn Road Cleator Moor
Residence (Roll of Honour) 104 Bowthorn Road , Cleator Moor
Residence 1911 Census
School(s) Attended St. Patricks
Religion/Church Attended R.C
Organisation Membership
Employment/Trade Blastfurnaceman
Place of Work Whitehaven Haematite Iron and Steel Co., Cleator Moor
Family (Parents and Grandparents) the late James and Mary
Siblings Rose, Patrick, Mary, James, Michael, Sarah Jane, Daniel
Wife's Name and Maiden Name Elizabeth (Nee sullivan )
Remarriage of Widow
Children's Christian Name(s) Mary Ann, James Michael , Sarah
Family Connection to Roll of Honour


The Victory Medal
The Victory Medal
The British War Medal, 1914-18
The British War Medal, 1914-18

Military Details

Regiment at Enlistment Border Regiment
Battalion at Enlistment 10th
Rank at Enlistment Pte.
Naval Vessels Served
Service Number at Enlistment 17936
Date of Enlistment 19 /11/1914
Place of Enlistment Cleator Moor
Other Regiment Royal Engineers
Other Battalion 5th Labour Bttn
Other Rank Sapper
Date of Transfer to other Regiment
Service Facts ALIAS 1915 - 1918
Edward first joined the Border Regiment under his real name of Edward Cunningham in November 1914 and was appointed an Officers servant. He returned home on leave and deserted joining the Royal Engineers as Edward Donnelly, this was later discovered as is shown in his service record.

ref Fife Military Project

A form Certificate of Deserters Balance of £3/0/7 being paid on Sept, 1915 on the occasion of Edward Cunninghams desertion from the Border Regt on 27 July 1915 .

An attestation form for Edward Donnelly , of 104 Bowthorn Road Cleator Moor , Service no 292063 enlisting in the Labour Coprs Royal Engineers in London on 20th August 1915 . This explains why Edward Cunningham CWG record shows that he served as Donnelly.

The same attestation paper recorded on 15 Feb 1916 that ......." Having Voluntarily enlisted in the Royal Engineers whilst in a state of desertion from the Border Regt. Trial dispensed with to suffer same forfeitures and deductions as if he had been as if he had been convicted by O.C.M. G.O.C 50th Northern Division
Battalion Diary or Nautical Facts

Death and Memorial Details

Age at Death 41
Date of Death 1st Mar 1918
Regiment at Death Royal Engineers
Battalion/Vessel at Death Labour Corps
Rank at Death Sapper
Circumstances of Death Died of Wounds in Military Hospital
Service Number at Death 116691
Field of Action at Death
Place of Death Red Barns Auxiliary Hospital , Redcar.
Battle at Death
Grave/Memorial Image No image.
Location of Grave/Memorial St Marys RC Church
Grave Position
Grave/Memorial Country United Kingdom
Private Memorial St Marys RC Church WW1 memorial


Notes served as Donnelly
Link #1 https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1669432
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