Gunner Peter Dunbabin

Peter was born in Newton-by-Daresbury in 1884, the son of James and Hannah Dunbabin. He had a brother, Henry b1878 and two sisters, Elizabeth b1880 and Clare b1885. Sadly Hannah died the year after after Clara was born. The family had moved to Moore before Clara was born and lived on Moss Lane.

Peter married Mary Elizabeth Evans on 16 December 1908 and they had a son, James, in 1910. Peter was a railway plate layer before joining the Royal Field Artillery.

He was killed in action near Ypres on 6 June 1917, aged 33. He is buried in Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium. A memorial to him was added to the family grave in Daresbury Churchyard.

Peter was posthumously awarded the British Empire Medal ‘For courage and self sacrifice in carrying out dangerous experiments’. This was recorded in the London Gazette of 8 January 1918.

Mary continued to live in Moore and in 1939 is recorded as living in Kelsall’s Cottages, Moss Lane. She died in 1946, aged 60 years.


Peter Dunbabin – headstone inscription
Peter Dunbabin – MBE

‘His king and country called him

The call was not in vain,

On Britain’s roll of honour’

You will find our hero’s name.