Donald Morton Bunting

Location: Swaffham Museum
Town/village: Town Hall, London Road, Swaffham
County: Norfolk
Postcode: PE37 7DQ

Details on cross:

GRU Catouche at top

No6268 D PTE. D.M.Bunting.
Killed in action 24th Nov 1915

Cross dimensions Unable to access as it is displayed in a glass case

Other information
Mounting to wall: The cross is embedded into a custom cut bed of museum grade foam.
Detailing: No detailing
Evidence of use in field: rot to base which may be consistent with use in field.
Surface insertion depth: none
Finish: natural wood
Condition: In very good condition

Other information, notes and observations:
The museum is on London Street in Swaffham, a market town in West Norfolk on the A47. There is plenty of parking, The museum contains exhibits rom the Stone Age to the modern. Home of the Symonds collection of figures based on characters from literature. Local heroes include Howard Carter, the archaeologist, Admiral Sir Knyvet Wilson, Jem Mace, W E Johns and the Swaffham Pedlar and a display on RAF Marham, which includes information on the refuelling of the Vulcan bombers during the Falklands war. It is well worth a visit.

The cross is kept in the first room on the left as you enter opposite the shop. It is in a display that covers lots of nformation about local families and the local men and their involvement in the Great War.

Donald Bunting’s cross was donated to the museum by Ms P. Bunting. He was a medical student at Guys Dental Hospital and also studied at Emmanuel College Cambridge. He enlisted in the 21st Battalion Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment) He died in Flanders on the 24th of November 1915 and is buried at Cuinchy in the Pas de Calais. His brother Robert was disabled by a wound at Loos and sent home to recover in Norwich, he was discharged from the army in 1917. He too was in the London Regiment (14th).

The Bunting family were well known locally as a family of drapers, they had a store in Swaffham and I believe are related to the Buntings of Norwich who ran the large department store in Rampant Horse Street where Marks and Spencers now trades.

More to follow.

Survey and photographs: Nick Stone