Dunnell George Malcolm 2/Lt 138530

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Personnel Entry

Lt G M Dunnell's replacement headstone.
Lt G M Dunnell's replacement headstone.

Name Dunnell George Malcolm
Army number 138530
Rank 2/Lt
Date of birth Born Exeter 1912.
Age 31
Unit Enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders as 2878387 - exact date not known. Discharged 3/7/1940 under King's Regulations 1940 Para 383(xvii) on being commissioned. Joined The Durham Light Infantry - granted an Emergency Commission as a 2/Lt 4/7/1940. Posted to No 4 I.T.C. Brancepeth. Posted 11th Bn DLI 9/7/1940. Served Iceland. DIED as a result of a Road Accident, during a Battalion move en route from South Wales to Hamilton, Scotland 28/7/1943, whilst leading a group of Cooks' vehicles and riding a motorcycle.
Company/Battery A, D, S.
Platoon or other sub-unit Anti-Tank.
Task or role Platoon Commander.
Joined Brigade 09-Jul-40.
Promotions W/S Lt 4/7/1942.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action 28-Jul-43 in the UK.
Home address Resident of Middlesex. Son of George William and Kate Dunnell, husband of Daphne Norma Christine Dunnell, of Scorrier, Cornwall. Buried in Grave 19, Section 15 G Wallasey (Rake Lane) Cemetery. (The original CWGC headstone has been replaced, with their permission, by a family headstone).
Source table 11DLI

Investigations indicated that the original papers from the Coroner's Inquest into his death have not survived. It appears that Lt Dunnell's motorcycle was possibly in collision with one of the trucks in the short convoy, but the facts cannot, at this distance, be verified. A copy of his Death Certificate is set out below:-

Lt Dunnell's Death Certificate

While the DLI Roll of Honour records his death it does not include the fact that he was serving with 11th Battalion at the time.