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Private Frederick William Welch Dunk

Credit for this entry to:
Andrew Behan.

Private Frederick William Welch Dunk

Person  Male  Born 4/7/1875  Died 31/12/1935

Co-partner or employee of the South Suburban Gas Company. Served but did not die in WW1.

Private Frederick William Welch Dunk was born on 4 July 1875, a son of of John Dunk (b.1835) and Sarah Dunk née Welch (b.1839). His birth was registered in the 3rd quarter of 1875 in the Lewisham registration district.
The 1881 census shows him living at 1 Carlyle Villas, Kangley Bridge Road, Sydenham, with his parents and six siblings: Elizabeth M. Dunk (b.1866), John Dunk (1868-1931), Jessie Dunk (1869-1925), Rose Dunk (b.1872), Gertrude Kate Dunk (1878-1884) and Maude Louise Dunk (1879-1931). His father's occupation was recorded as a blacksmith, gas works.

Having attended St Michael's public elementary school, Champion Road, Sydenham, he was registered on 30 October 1882 at Haseltine Road School, Sydenham. Another sister, Grace Mabel Dunk (1882-1963), was born in Sydenham on 16 December 1882.

In the 1891 census he is described as a single man and an assistant time keeper, boarding with two of his sisters: Alice Dunk (b.1860) who was a barmaid & Jessie Dunk, a restaurant waitress, at 16 Haseltine Road, Sydenham, the home of Frank Clark, a gas meter inspector, his wife and three children.

In the 1st quarter of 1898 he married Mary Catherine Gloyne in the Lewisham registration district.

When he completed the 1911 census he stated that he was a gas work's clerk, living at 9 Lee Terrace, Lower Sydenham, with his wife and the surviving two of their three children: Frederick Harry Dunk (1901-1974) and Gwyndoline Florence Dunk (1907-1998).

During WW1 he served in the Army Service Corps (later renamed the Royal Army Service Corps) as a Private and had two service numbers; M/315701 and T/38415. He was awarded both the British War Medal 1914-1918 and the Victory Medal.

Electoral registers from 1920 to 1933 show him listed with his wife at 45 Broseley Grove, London, SE26 but from 1934 to 1935 he is recorded with his wife, his son and his son's wife, Elsie Lilian Dunk née Kneller (1899-1986), at 53 Selworthy Road, London, SE6.

Probate records confirm that he died, aged 60 years, on 31 December 1935. He was buried on 4 January 1936 in Lewisham. His address was confirmed as having been 53 Selworthy Road, Catford, and that when probate was granted on 16 March 1936 to his widow his effects totalled £493-0s-11d.

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