|From the Burnt Records, Peter Inns & Kay Collins
On 8th September 1914 Charles enlisted into the 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. He worked as a shoe hand and was 19 years old, with brown eyes and light brown hair, he was 5' 5" tall with a chest of 33½" (2" expansion), of fair physical development and was of Church of England faith.
Charles went to France on 1st September 1915 with the Expeditionary Force. He was posted as missing on the 10th October and later confirmed as killed in action on 27th September 1915.
|The Rushden Echo Friday 19 November 1915, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Soldier Missing - Pte C H Bunning - News Wanted
Pte C H Bunning, 15297, C Co., 7th Northamptons, is reported missing since Sept. 27th. He is the son of Mr and Mrs James Bunning, of 28 Robinson-road, Rushden who would be thankful for any news of his whereabouts.
Pte Gilbert of 15, Victoria-road, Rushden, was with him on the afternoon of Sept. 27th. When the shelling of the trenches commenced, the men got mixed up, and Pte Gilbert never saw Pte Bunning again. Pte Bunning was 19 years of age last January, and before enlistment he worked at the C.W.S. boot factory at Rushden.
[repeated on 7, 14 January, 11, 18, 25 February, 3, 10, 17 March]
|The Rushden Echo Friday 6 October 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Soldier Missing - Private C H Bunning Now Reported Killed
Mr and Mrs James Bunning, of 28 Robinson-road, Rushden, have received news that their son, Pte C H Bunning, 15297, C Co., Northants Regt., who has been missing since the Battle of Loos, is now presumed by the War Office to have been killed on or after Sept. 27th last year. A letter of sympathy from the King and queen has been sent to Mrs and Mrs Bunning.