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War Memorials



PERCY WILLIAM BRUNGER

Private 6326

2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment


who died on 25 April 1915       Age 21


Percy Brunger was born in 1894. In the 1901 census, aged 7, he was living in Horselees with his parents Alfred and Georgina (nee Epps), although the surname is listed as Beringer. Alfred was a wheelwright. In the 1911 census, Percy is aged 17 and working as an agricultural labourer; he is listed as a boarder at Pottery Cottages, Dunkirk with the Forster family.


He enlisted in Canterbury, and served in the East Surrey Regiment


Private Brunger is remembered with honour at the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, where his name appears on Panel 34.  He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at Dunkirk Church.

Private Brunger was killed at the Second Battle of Ypres. The battle began in April 1915 when the Germans released poison gas into the Allied lines, north of Ypres.  This was the first time gas had been used on either side and the violence of the attack forced an Allied withdrawal.

Photos - Owen

Sources:

National Archives in association with Ancestry.com.  1901 and 1911 England census database

British Army WWI Records

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org

Dunkirk Parish Magazine


The Dunkirk Parish magazines of 1915/1916 briefly included a feature “NEWS FROM OUR BOYS SERVING WITH H.M. FORCES”, collected by the then headmaster of Dunkirk School W.V. Burgess. It includes the following mention of this man:


September 1915

Since writing the last article we are very sorry to have heard of the deaths of Percy Brunger and Swinford Smith. Our sincere sympathy is with the parents and friends of these brave lads,

Menin Gate

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