10:51AM UTC - Sunday, 31 January 2016
Contributed by: Barry Bunting
Walter Bunting b May 1890 at 42 Dolphin Street, Attercliffe, Sheffield. Grandson of William (b.1848 Belper) & Martha Bunting. Married to Rebecca Calow Mar 1910 Worksop.
6157 Pte Walter Bunting, 9th Batt Sherwood Foresters attached to 13th Royal Irish Rifles, Accidently killed 20th Aug 1916. Court of Inquiry statement reads: No 4705 Rifleman A.J.Vickers states that at 4.30am on the 20/8/16 I had a jam with the Lewis Gun and rectified the stoppage. Between 12 noon & 1pm I stripped the gun to clean it and put it together again. I put a magazine on the gun, placed it onto the parapet to fire a burst to test the gun. As I pressed the trigger, the sandbag on which the gun was resting gave way and the gun fall to the right. Before I could get my finger off the trigger, Rifleman Bunting who was standing on the right of the gun was shot and killed instantly.