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PostSubject: Robert Henry Gunning. Lieutenant. Col. The King’s Royal Rifle Corps   Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:24 pm

Commanding 1st Battalion. Formerly adjutant Huntingdonshire Militia.Killed in action at the Battle of Talana Hill, 20th October 1899, Second Boer War. Grave and Regimental Memorial, Talana, Dundee, kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Aged 49. Eldest son of Sir George William Gunning, 5th Baronet, of Little Horton House, Northampton. Born 1852. Educated at Eton (Mr Wayte's). Entered the 68th Regiment of Foot 1873, transferred to 60th Foot 1874, promoted Captain 1883, major 1890 and lieutenant-colonel 1898. Served with 60th rifles in Zululand 1879 (medal and bar) being present at the action of Ginginhlovo and Relief of Etshowe, afterwards serving as adjutant of the battalion throughout the operations of "Clarke's Column,",then in the Burmese Expedition of 1891-92 being in command of the Baungshè Column during the operations in the Chin Hills (medal and bar). At Talana he fell while leading his battalion in the attack. Mentioned in despatches by Lieutenant-General Sir G White 2nd December 1899 (London Gazette 8th February 1901). Buried in the cemetery just below Talana Hill close to where he fell. Memorial in Northampton Cathedral - "To the Glory of God and in memory of Brave Men, inhabitants of this County and neighbourhood, who gave their lives for their Sovereign and Country during the War in South Africa 1899-1902, the Western Window of this Cathedral was filled with stained glass, AD 1903

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PostSubject: Re: Robert Henry Gunning. Lieutenant. Col. The King’s Royal Rifle Corps   Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:37 am

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Henry Gunning, of the 1st King's Royal Rifles, was the eldest son of Sir George William Gunning, fifth Baronet, of Little Horton House, Northampton, the Chairman of the Conservative Party in Mid-Northamptonshire, by his marriage with Isabella Mary Frances Charlotte, daughter of the late Colonel William Chester-Master, of the Abbey, Cirencester, and was born on July 17, 1852. Educated at Eton, he entered the army as a sub-lieutenant on March 26, 1873, and was gazetted to the 60th Foot (now the King's Royal Rifle Corps) as a lieutenant on September 9, 1874. He served in the Zulu War of 1879 with the third battalion of his regiment, and was present at the action of Gingindhlovu and the relief of Ekowe, afterwards serving as adjutant of the battalion throughout the operations of "Clarke's Column," for which he wore the medal with clasp. He was gazetted captain in August 1883, was an adjutant of the Auxiliary Forces (the 5th Militia Battalion of the King's Royal Rifles) from March 1886 to March 1891, having obtained the rank of major on June 25, 1890. In 1891-92 he took part in the war in Burma, being engaged in the operations in the Chin Hills in command of the Baungshe column, for which he wore a second medal with clasp. His commission as lieutenant-colonel bore date April 16, 1898. Colonel Gunning, who was in the Commission of the Peace for the county of Northants, married in 1880 Fanny Julia, daughter of the late Mr. Clinton George Dawkins, formerly Her Majesty's Consul-General at Venice.
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PostSubject: Re: Robert Henry Gunning. Lieutenant. Col. The King’s Royal Rifle Corps   Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:08 pm

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Lt. Col Robert Henry Gunning, who commanded the 1st Batt. Kings Royal Rifle Corps, was killed in action on Talana Hill on 20 October 1899. He was born in 1852. He was transferred to the 60th Foot (later renamed the King's Royal Rifles) and finally reached the rank of Lieutenant –Colonel in 1898.
He served in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, saw action at Gingindlovu and was in a column which relieved the siege of Eshowe.
Afterwards he served as adjutant of the battalion throughout the operations with Lt.- Col . Clarkes column in the pacification of Zululand.
Lt-Col. Gunning was killed as he reached the crest at Talana in the final charge. He lies buried in the military precinct of the civilian cemetery at the foot of Talana. A marble cross now stands near his grave.

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