Joseph Cunningham

Joseph Cunningham

Birth 15 February 1898 Death 12th Dec 1917 Pvt
Northumberland Fusiliers
Service #27/852

Personal Details

GRO Ref 27/852
Place of Birth Mullartown , Co Down
Residence at Enlistment Bowthorn Road , Cleator Moor
Residence (Roll of Honour) Mullartown, Annalong, Co Down
Residence 1911 Census Mullartown, Annalong, Co Down
School(s) Attended
Religion/Church Attended R.C.
Organisation Membership
Employment/Trade Furnace Worker
Place of Work Whitehaven Haematite Iron and Steel Co., Cleator Moor
Family (Parents and Grandparents) Charles and Mary Margaret Cunningham
Siblings James ,George ,Willie John
Wife's Name and Maiden Name
Remarriage of Widow
Children's Christian Name(s)
Family Connection to Roll of Honour


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

Military Details

Regiment at Enlistment Northumberland Fusiliers
Battalion at Enlistment 4th Tyneside Irish 27th (service)
Rank at Enlistment Pvt
Naval Vessels Served
Service Number at Enlistment 27/852
Date of Enlistment 21 December 1914
Place of Enlistment Cleator Moor
Other Regiment
Other Battalion
Other Rank
Date of Transfer to other Regiment
Service Facts Joe was wounded on first day of the Somme as indicated in his personal communication but this is recorded in military records as taking place in September 1916. Again, according to his personal accounts, after recovering in hospital in Epsom, he arrived back in France 19 September 1916 to resume duties and was not wounded that month. It is generally accepted that various dates over the following couple of months have been recorded for casualties of 1 July 1916.
The D.C.M. was awarded to J Cunningham for gallantry in the field in the face of the enemy. J Cunningham was also entitled to use the letters D.C.M. after his name.

Bars were awarded to recipients of the D.C.M. in recognition of the performance of further acts of gallantry meriting the award.

Conferment of the D.C.M. gallantry award was announced in the London Gazette and accompanied by a citation.
Joe's citation for the DCM is attributed to his actions dated 12 October 1917, at Poelcappelle . It was gazetted on 4 March 1918 .
The citation notes that he continually visited the men of his company while under heavy shell fire, cheering and encouraging them . Later on that day when enemy snipers were active ,he organised a party of men and took them up to positions in front of the line from where they carried out successful sniping operations against the enemy , thus preventing many more of his men becoming casualties . It concludes his personal example and disregard of danger were an inspiration to all his men.
Battalion Diary or Nautical Facts

Death and Memorial Details

Age at Death 21
Date of Death 12th Dec 1917
Regiment at Death Northumberland Fusiliers
Battalion/Vessel at Death 24th/27th
Rank at Death Company Sergeant Major
Circumstances of Death Died of Wounds (Accidental)
Service Number at Death 27/852
Field of Action at Death France
Place of Death In reserve to 34th Division at Henin Camp according to war diary
Battle at Death
Grave/Memorial Image No image.
Grave Position III. D. 7.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Link,-/
Grave/Memorial Country France
Private Memorial St Marys RC Church Cleator WW1 memorial


Notes Also remembered on the Kilkeel Shomberg society World War One Roll of Honour
Link #1 Shomberg Society roll of Honour click on link
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