NUNN Charles Herbert M.M.
21453 Sgt Charles Herbert NUNN M.M. Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Charles was born at Totley, Sheffield today but in 1899 part of Derbyshire. His date of birth was the 12th of April 1899.
His parents were Herbert a Railway Porter in 1901 and Kate.
Herbert had been born at Whittlesford in Cambridgeshire in 1876 but at some time between 1891 when he was living at West End in Whittlesford with his parents and family and 1901, he moved to Sheffield where, in 1898, he married Kate Hadfield in the last quarter of the year.
Kate Hadfield was born in Hope, Derbyshire in 1878. Her parents were Charles, born in Hope in 1844 and Mary, born in Dore, Sheffield in 1851. They were shopkeepers in Hope.
It is not known when Charles died but in 1911, Mary was still a shopkeeper in Hope.
In 1901, Herbert, Kate, son Charles and daughter Ivy, born in 1901, were living on Lemont Road, Totley, Sheffield.
In 1911, the family had fragmented it seems but only temporarily.
Father Herbert was staying as a Boarder with relatives at Whipperley Corner, West End, Whittlesford and working now as a Railway Signalman.
Mother Kate together with Ivy was staying with her brother-in-law, Alfred Samuel Nunn at High Street, Whittlesford.
Finally, Charles was staying with his Uncle, Ellis Nunn and his wife Alice at ‘Near the Clock’, Whittlesford. He is shown as a Scholar.
Quite what had spilt the family up is not known but certainly by the outbreak of the First World War, they were back living at Lemont Road, Totley.
Charles First enlisted into the British Army on the 23rd of August 1915. At this time he was 16 years and 4 months old but lied about his age, saying he was 19 years and 4 months. He stated that his occupation was that of ‘Clerk’ which does seem to have been the truth.
He was designated as Private 21453 in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.
After training, he went to France on the 18th of December that year but for some unknown reason, his true age was revealed and he was discharged on the 14th of April 1916.
He was not to be denied however as contained within his service papers is a letter written by him on the 11th of April 1917 in which he says thus :
Dear Sir – I am writing to let you know that I am 18 years of age tomorrow, April 12th 1917. I am rather desirous of getting into (sic) the Army. I have been in before and I served 3 months in France and I should be satisfied if you only gave me a fortnight’s notice. Hoping that you will treat this letter strictly confidential, I am sir, Yours obediently – Charles Herbert Nunn.
Ps I have attested – No 36 on attestation card.
The tone of the letter suggests that his parents were unaware of this second attempt to enlist.
This time around he was designated as Private 30868 and again posted to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, serving with the 6th Battalion.
On the 18th of March he was appointed an Acting Sergeant ‘Paid’.
With his Regiment he went to France on the 2nd of April 1918. He was then confirmed in the rank of Sergeant on the 21st of April 1918 – a rather rapid rise in rank.
At some point between that date and the end of the war, he was awarded the Military Medal – this appearing in the London Gazette dated the 24th of January 1919. The award was published in the Sheffield Independent newspaper dated the 29th of that month.
It is not known what act or acts resulted in this award.
At the end of the war it is shown that he was being sent for Officer Cadet training but it seems nothing came of this.
It appears that his mother, Kate, died in Sheffield in 1953 and father Herbert in 1956.
It has not been possible to establish whether or not Charles ever married nor when he died.