|The Rushden Echo Friday 9 March 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Victim of the War - Death of Pte HF Gunn - Formerly of Raunds, Fatally Wounded
We regret to report that Mrs H F Gunn, who resides with her mother, Mrs B Cumberpatch, of 117 Cromwell-road, Rushden, has received official news that her husband, Pte Horace F Gunn, of the Durham Light Infantry died on Feb. 16th from wounds received in action.
The first intimation of Pte Gunn's death was sent to Mrs Gunn by Lance-Corpl W Binks, who wrote under date Feb. 26th as follows:-
"Just a line or two to tell you the sad thing that happened to Horace. I am sorry to tell you that he has been killed. We all feel the loss of a good chum. He was a very willing lad and all his mates thought a lot of him. I thought it was my duty to let you know. I myself have been out here nearly two years now, and think myself lucky."
The late Pte Gunn was 22 years of age, and was only married six months ago, whilst home on his last leave. He was a Raunds man and being a Territorial prior to August 4th, 1914, was called up at the outbreak of hostilities. He proceeded to the Western front on August 30th last year, and up to the time of receiving the wounds which caused his death he had come through unscathed.
The late Pte Gunn was the second son of Mr and Mrs William Gunn of Hill-street, Raunds, who have also received information from headquarters of their son's demise.
Another son, Herbert Gunn, who is aged 18 years, joined the Colours on Wednesday.
The news of Pte Gunn's death has come as great shock to his parents and widow, and much sympathy is felt with them in the grievous loos they have sustained.