John Francis Dunne - Bugler Dunne

I found a photo of John in an old book and thought I would try and find out more about him. He had a very interesting life which I researched by reading the Australian newspapers on the Trove website.



Bugler Dunn was at Netley being treated for his wounds received at Colenso in the Boer War.

From "The Pageant of the Century" book.

Bugler Dunn was born John Francis Dunn to Michael and Lizzie in 1884 on the Isle of Man.

His father Michael was in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers so it’s probably why John signed up with them on the 18th July 1898.

From The Sketch 14th February 1900
From The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News February 17th 1900.

He visited Queen Victoria in Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.

Coolgardie Miner Tuesday 3rd April 1900

He was interviewed in 1905. From The Herald Monday 11th December 1905.

Years went by, the next time John was in the news was when he supposedly died in 1933.

The Courier-Mail Brisbane 13th October 1933
The Telegraph Monday 23rd October 1933
The Examiner 24th October 1933
The Sun (Sydney) 26th October 1933
Weekly Times Saturday 4th November 1933
The Mercury (Hobart Tasmania) 8th November 1933
Western Mail 16th November 1933

1950 and John is in hospital.

Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 19th January 1950
Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 2nd February 1950.

John was cremated and his ashes are buried in the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park.
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