No.325006, Private, Samuel BRUNNING
Aged 22

1st/8th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
formerly No. 330977, Cambridgeshire Regiment
Killed in Action on Saturday, 6th April 1918

Samuel Brunning was born in Lidgate,(Newmarket Q3-1895 3B:502), baptised in Lidgate on 29th September 1895, son of John and Jane BRUNNING (née CRICK).

1901 census...Aged 5, he was at Front Street, Lidgate with his father John BRUNNING [44] shepherd born Troston, Suffolk; his mother Jane [39] ; brothers Frederick [19] farm labourer, William [16] shepherd's page, and Jack [8], and sister Louisa [11] and grandmother Susan CRICK [73]. All except his father were born in Lidgate.

1911 census...Aged 15, farm labourer, he was at Near Street, Lidgate with his parents, brother William (horseman), sister Louisa, brothers Jack and Arthur [5 months] born Lidgate and grandmother Susan CRICK.

He enlisted in Newmarket in early 1917
The 1st/8th Lancashire Fusiliers were part of 125th Brigade of the 42nd Division. It was a chaotic time as the Allies tried to stem the advance of the German Spring offensive (The Kaiserschlacht). The battalion were trying to hold the line just east of Bucquoy but on the 5th they were forced to withdraw through the village of Bucquoy. The battalion had nine officer casualties and around 200 other ranks. 4 men killed on the 6th according to CWGC.

Most unusual, cannot find his medal card but "Mutt & Jeff" seem to be indicated

photo: Roy Beardsworth

Samuel Brunning is commemorated on the Pozières memorial, panels 32-34

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