- 1939 - 1940 (Creation)
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Frederick Alfred (Alf) Dunn lived at 5 Downsview Gardens, Upper Norwood with his wife Rose Alice Dunn. They had two sons, Fred and Reg, and a dog (?), Chum. In November 1939, Alf Dunn became a gunner in the Royal Artillery, based at the North Raglan Barracks, Devonport, Devon: he was training until 13 December 1939, and then joined B Battery. He remained in Devonport until 2 April 1940, when his unit left for France.
Alfs army number was 1516659. His unit was described as No.2 Battery 23rd M H Training Regiment, Royal Artillery until 13 December 1939; and thereafter No.9 B Battery 23rd M H Regiment Royal Artillery.
At the beginning of the correspondence, Fred and Reg were away from home (evacuated?). Reg came home in December, but Fred was ill, went into hospital in Brighton, and did not return home until March 1940.
Donated by Kevin Sage June 1997
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Accession Number: A110
Letters from Gunner Alf Dunn, Royal Artillery, on military service in Devonport, to his wife, Rose, at 5 Downsview Gardens, Upper Norwood
Item date: 1939 - 1940
Depositor's Name: Sage, Kevin
Accession date: 17/6/1997
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Letters from Gunner Alf Dunn, Royal Artillery, on military service in Devonport, to his wife, Rose, at 5 Downsview Gardens, Upper Norwood.
All letters are from Alf to Rose unless otherwise stated.
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The letters were mainly in envelopes, which have not been retained: however, dates and other information from postmarks has been tranferred to letters. The unit descriptions are also taken from envelopes.
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