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Capt William Bunting MC son of John and Sarah Bunting

I am trying to trace the ancestors of a Captain William Bunting MC who was killed in Flanders in August 1917.  

 I know that his parents John and Sarah Bunting lived in Terrington St John nr Wisbech during the period.

If anyone can help there is an interesting story involved.


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Capt William Bunting MC son of John and Sarah Bunting
Authored by: Mary Rix on 09:45AM BST - Tuesday, 12 September 2006

William Bunting was the Son of John & Sarah (nee Askew).  The second of 12 children.  I have met one of his nephews.



Capt William Bunting MC son of John and Sarah Bunting
Authored by: Anonymous on 08:30PM GMT - Wednesday, 15 November 2006

I am a serving Officer in the British Army, currently working in Washington DC.  A US citizen has been in contact because she is now in the possession of a letter written by William Bunting to the parents of a soldier he believed was killed in 1917.  So far I have found out that Captain William Bunting was killed in Aug 1917 and received a Military Cross for gallant conduct and that the soldier he was writing about was probably not killed but more likely wounded or taken prisoner.  The person that holds the letter would like to return it to William Buntings family.  It is very moving and I believe would mean a great deal to them.

If you are able to put me in touch via an e-mail address or maybe give them my contact details I would be most grateful. My e-mail address is

Regards  John

Capt John W James

British Army Staff (Washington DC)

Capt William Bunting MC son of John and Sarah Bunting
Authored by: Anonymous on 04:52PM BST - Friday, 26 September 2008

I do not know if this is of any interest but I am possibly a relative of the above.  My grandmother was Hannah Bunting (1887) who married Arthur Pender (1882) in Salford, Lancs.  My great grandfather was Robert Bunting (1862) and my great great grandfather was Charles Bunting (1828).  They were all born in Terrington St John Norfolk, apart from Hannah who was born In Burry North Glamorgan.  They must have been travelling around for work.  Recently I took a trip to Terrington St John in Norfolk to see if I could trace any further family history.  Whilst in the Churchyard I saw the war memorial listing Capt William Bunting MC.  Also in the graveyard were the graves of a Thomas Bunting and his wife Elizabeth Bunting who died in 1917.  These graves were very overgrown and a lot of the wording obscure .

I don't know where we fit in with John and Sarah but possibly they were brothers of cousins?  It would be interesting to know if anyone can cast a light on this. 

Margaret Livesey 

Capt William Bunting MC son of John and Sarah Bunting
Authored by: Anonymous on 03:20AM BST - Saturday, 05 July 2008
Hi Mary,

It has been a while but I am still interested in getting hold of one of Capt Bunting's relatives, or if they prefer you could give them my e-mail address so they could get in touch with me.  I visited the cemetary in Flanders where William is buried in April and placed a cross on his grave.  I would like to close the loop on getting the letter back to his relatives or if this is not possible then passing it to his former Regiment.

Hope this e-mail finds you well.

My e-mail -

Many thanks

Major John James
Capt William Bunting MC son of John and Sarah Bunting
Authored by: Anonymous on 08:03PM GMT - Thursday, 06 November 2008

We have just come upon your comments.  John and Sarah Bunting were the parents of my grandfather.  We would be so grateful if you could get in contact with us.  email

Denise Young (nee Bunting)

Capt William Bunting MC son of John and Sarah Bunting
Authored by: Tony Bunting on 09:57PM GMT - Tuesday, 27 January 2009

I am trying to find the date of death of Arthur William Bunting born 6 January 1868 at Heacham, Norfolk. He was the son of John and Sarah Bunting. John Bunting was born in Heacham, North West Norfolk, in1835. His wife Sarah Allen was born in 1836 in Bircham Tofts in North West Norfolk. They married in 1858 in Heacham. their son Arthur William Bunting (as above) married Martha Belcher  (born 1876) on 18 October 1905 in Hunstanton. They had two children Helena Martha Bunting born 27 August 1907 at Lancaster and Jack Belcher Bunting born 1911 at Llanduf, Cardigan. I don't know whether any of this means anything to you?  I doubt whether this is the same William Bunting but it is interesting as we cannot trace  when or how our Arthur William Bunting died and there are some similarities. Incidentally why don't you say who you are rather than remaining anonymous or even better join the Bunting Society. You would be very welcome.  Cheers Tony

Capt William Bunting MC son of John and Sarah Bunting
Authored by: Ben Sherriff on 07:47PM GMT - Wednesday, 01 January 2014


I am the great grand son of Bertha Burman (maiden name  Bunting), on my mother's side, she was the sister of William. I have always been interested in the family history and recently came across the Commonwealth War Graves Commission record of William's grave, and decided to google his name to see what came up leading me to The Bunting Society. 

I would be very interested to see the letter he wrote! If you would like to get in contact with me my email is

Kind Regards

Ben Sherriff

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