Frank Dunn

Rank Leading Seaman
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 28/08/1914
Age 32

HMS Arethusa

Cemetery Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.


Frank was born in Hornsey, London on 2nd January 1882. His parents were William T (b.1842) and Mary A (b.1848) Dunn. He had three siblings: Percy (b.1883), Ernest (b.1884) and Mary (b.1889).

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family were living in Hornsey, London. William is listed as a builder, Percy a painter, Ernest a page (domestic servant) and Frank was a scholar. At the time of the 1911 Census, Frank was a leading seaman, based at the Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham, Kent.

At the outbreak of the war, Frank joined HMS Arethusa. Arethusa was the name ship of her class of eight light cruisers built for the Royal Navy in the 1910s. She was launched on 25th October 1913 and commissioned in August 1914 as flotilla leader for the Harwich Force of 16th destroyers. On 28th August 1914 she fought at the Battle of Heligoland Bight in the south-eastern North Sea, the first naval battle of the First World War, between the United Kingdom and Germany, flying the flag of Commodore Reginald Tyrwhitt. She was seriously damaged by the German cruisers SMS Frauenlob and SMS Stettin and had to be towed home. One  officer and nine ratings died and one officer and sixteen ratings were wounded, of whom one rating later died of wounds. Frank’s body was not recovered for burial.

At the time of his death, his mother, Mary, was living at 77, Station Road, Finchley.