John died of dysentery on 7th November 1915, aged 20, he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was an orderly on the hospital ship Dongola stationed in the Gallipoli Peninsula.
His parents were George and Ann Eliza and it is known that he had a twin brother, Walter and two older brothers, Seaman and Harry. His parents and older brothers can be seen on the 1891 census living in Clayton, however further census returns have not been found. From other records it is known that they lived at 102 Old Dolphin before moving to Prince Albert Square, Clayton Heights.
John’s death was reported in the Bradford Weekly and from this we know that he had an ‘active interest in Sunday school and church work, both at Stocks Lane and Old Dolphin’. A letter received by his parents from his ships Chaplain states ‘that he tried to carry on the good work while engaged on his many duties’. A memorial service for John was held at the Old Dolphin Chapel in late November 1915. John is commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL (Panel 201 and 202 or 236 to 239 and 328).
All the Lunness brothers served in the war, Walter, John’s twin, enlisted in February 1916 serving in the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) and was twice wounded he was also awarded the Military Medal. No records have been found for Harry.