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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Gunning, George Cecil

Private George Cecil Gunning

was born in 1892.

He was the son of Sinclair Gunning and Kathleen Gunning.  In 1901, the family are living in house 1, Toneystick, Alexandra Terrace, Enniskillen.

Gunning would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1909.

By 1911, Cecil Gunning has moved to Belfast and is boarding in house 30, Eia Street, Clifton Ward (Belfast). He is described as a Bank Official Clerk and is one of four Bank Officials boarding there. The other three possible colleagues are Mather Murray (23), Nawer Bradshaw (25) and Thomas White (21). The parents and their 3 other boys and 1 daughter are living in 21 Willoughby Place, Enniskillen.

Willoughby Place, Enniskillen

On 28th September 1912, Gunning signed the Ulster Covenant at Enniskillen.

Gunning served as a Private with the 7th Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

The National Archives records a Medal Index Card as follows:

Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 14771, Private

Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Gunning returned to work.

In 1938 he was Manager in Tandragee branch before ending up as Manager of Portadown branch.

He was a past captain of Tandragee Golf Club (1940).

Retirement came in 1953 and he died on 20th March 1974.

The Gunning family were well known in Enniskillen. Their father was the Distributor of Stamps in Enniskillen from 1877 to 1910.  He died in 1916.

During the Great War, John (Jack) Sinclair (20 in 1911) worked for the Ulster Bank, George Cecil (19 in 1911) worked for the Belfast Banking Company and Frank Douglas (16 in 1911) worked for the Bank of Ireland. Jack joined the Royal Navy, Cecil and Douglas joined the Army and Willie (13 in 1911) joined the Royal Naval Reserve. Douglas was reported as killed in action on 1st July 1916.

An early family photograph of the parents with their young family is held by the Enniskillen Castle Museum.

Photo - BBC 'Your Place and Mine'.

The Belfast News Letter of 8th July1916 reports on F D Gunning:

The Belfast News Letter of 6th September 1916 reports on F D Gunning:

7th October 1916 reports on F D Gunning:

This next link is to a BBC website called 'Your Place and Mine'.  It reports on the Gunning family an dincludes some audio clips that may work (depending on what applications are on your computer).

WW1 - The Gunning Family

G C Gunning (left) and B H Gunning (via

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