Jack Nunns (1920-1944)

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Jack Nunns was born in 1920, the son of chemical labourer Albert Nunns and his wife Edith (née Bostock).

The family moved several times and were record living at Lascelles Hall (1911 Census), Tamden (1921 Census), Polegate in Slaithwaite (1940), 910/2 New Hey Road in Outland (early 1940s) and later Sheepridge. Albert Nunns served[1] in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment during the First World War.

He was educated at Lepton Council School and Huddersfield Technical College, and then worked as a fish salesman.

During in the Second World War, he served in the Coldstream Guards and returned to England in 1940 during the Dunkirk retreat. He was wounded in North Africa in April 1943 and was killed on 9 February 1944.


Huddersfield Examiner (08/Jun/1940):


Slaithwaite Guardsman Gives a Surprise

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Nunns, of 2 Polegate, Slaithwaite, had not heard from their son, Guardsman Jack Nunns, of the Coldstreams, for about three weeks, when last Saturday came a postcard saying “Arrived in England O.K. Cheerio, — Jack.”

Mrs. Nunns was in the garden on Tuesday afternoon taking in the blankets from the line when a uniformed soldier rode up on an old bike, jumped off at the gate, and said, “Here I am.” It was Jack! He had borrowed a bicycle at Wakefield and cycled across, and though his visit could only be short it brought great joy to his parents and friends after weeks of anxious waiting. Guardsman Nunns is nineteen years of age. His father served in the last war and was badly gassed.

Huddersfield Examiner (22/May/1943):

Wounded in North Africa

Mrs. A. Nunns, 910, New Hey Road, Outlane. formerly of Lascelles Hall, has received official news that her son, Guardsman Jack Nunns (22), has been wounded in North Africa. He has been in the Army for five years, and was one of those evacuated from Dunkirk. He is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Nunns.

In civil life he was a fish salesman for Mr. Allan Winn. He attended Lepton Council School as a boy and later the Huddersfield Technical College.

Huddersfield Examiner (04/Mar/1944):

Outlane Soldier’s Death

Official intimation has been received by Mr. and Mrs. A. Nunns, 912, New Hey Road, Outlane, that their eldest son, Guardsman Jack Nunns, has been killed while serving abroad.

Enlisting in the Coldstream Guards on September 3, 1938, he went to France at the outbreak of war, and in 1940 was evacuated from Dunkirk. In 1942 he went to North Africa, where he was wounded in April, 1943. Guardsman Nunns was twenty-three years of age.

Guardsman Nunns’s father served throughout the last war in the Forces and was severely wounded in France.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Service number 84570.