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John William Lundy

LUNDY, John William

John William Lundy was born in 1895 in Sunderland to John Lundy and Mary Sinclair, the fifth of their six children. In 1891 John was a ‘Grocery Traveller’ and the family lived in the Sunderland suburb of Bishopwearmouth. They moved to Cleveland Road in Sunderland where the eldest son became a teacher. By 1911 they were living in North Shields, the second son was an Engineering Draughtsman and John was a ‘Political Secretary’, though at his death in 1942 he was described as a Commercial Traveller.

It is not known what career John William Lundy took up but he enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at some stage during the war. By this time the family had moved to Claude Street in Manchester and it was in Manchester that he enlisted. In October 1918 he was Acting Lance Corporal in the 3rd Garrison Battalion which was stationed in Ireland.

He was returning to England on leave when he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October in the company of twenty other R.W.F soldiers. John William Lundy did not survive the sinking but his body was recovered and he was buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin. It was a North Shields newspaper that reported his death and his name is recorded in the Sunderland Book of Remembrance.




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