‘I don’t want him to be for­got­ten’

Man­i­toba man, ex­plor­ing Hants County fam­ily con­nec­tion, look­ing for pub­lic’s help

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Win­nipeg man can eas­ily de­scribe what his great- un­cle looked like based on his en­list­ment pa­pers, but he still can’t pic­ture him.

Kevin Lunn is hop­ing some­one from Hants County may be able to help him track down a pho­to­graph of Wal­ter Frances Lunn, who was killed in ac­tion over­seas dur­ing the First World War.

“My fa­ther was born not long af­ter my grand­fa­ther re­ceived word that Wal­ter Fran­cis Lunn was killed in ac­tion. My fa­ther was born on Nov. 23, 1918, and my great-un­cle was killed in ac­tion Sept. 27, 1918 — not that long be­fore the Ar­mistice, ac­tu­ally,” said Lunn, not­ing his fa­ther was named af­ter his grea­tun­cle.

“That’s kind of the im­me­di­ate draw. I’m in­ter­ested in fam­ily his­tory and I ac­tu­ally re­tired a few years back and it’s been a hobby.”

His grand­fa­ther, Lewis Lunn, was one of the many Nova Sco­tians who took a Har­vest Ex­press train in the early 1900s to work on a farm out west. While there, he fell in love and perma- nently re­lo­cated.

Lunn has been re­search­ing his fam­ily’s his­tory and says he has been able to trace back to his fifth great-grand­fa­ther, who served in Hal­i­fax with one of the Bri­tish reg­i­ments and re­tired near Lawrence­town.

“Back in 1990, a woman by the name of Shirley Spencer and her hus­band did a fam­ily his­tory of the Lunns in Nova Sco­tia. I got that book back in 1990. It’s been a great lead in track­ing down in­for­ma­tion on my an­ces­try,” he said, adding the In­ter­net has also been ex­tremely help­ful.

“With it also be­ing the 100th an­niver­sary, es­sen­tially, of the First World War, and know­ing that I had a great- un­cle that served with the Cana­dian Ex­pe­di­tionary Force and know­ing that he was killed in ac­tion and that my fa­ther was named af­ter him, it seemed to me to be a nat­u­ral draw that I’d want to fol­low up.”

De­spite be­ing able to piece to­gether much of his an­ces­try, what his great-un­cle looked like re­mains a mys­tery.

Lunn did dis­cover that his great-un­cle listed his sis­ter, Sophia Anna Field­ing, of Hants County, as his next of kin when he signed up for mil­i­tary duty. She was born in 1891 and died in 1990. Lunn says Wal­ter Lunn’s sis­ter was likely liv­ing in St. Croix at the time. She was mar­ried to Ernest Field­ing and they had three chil­dren: Lawrence, Calvin, and Hat­tie Jean.

“What I’m won­der­ing is if any of her de­scen­dants might have pa­pers or even a pho­to­graph that he may have given his sis­ter,” said Lunn. “I think it’s not un­usual that many of these fel­lows who went over­seas had their pho­to­graph taken in uni­form and would have given them to fam­ily.”

Wal­ter Lunn served with the 13th Cana­dian In­fantry Bat­tal­ion and was 24 years old when he died. His name is in­scribed on the Hants County War Me­mo­rial in Vic­to­ria Park (though his mid­dle ini­tial ap­pears in­cor­rect).

He’s hop­ing peo­ple will reach out to him with in­for­ma­tion or me­men­toes from his grea­tun­cle.

“I re­ally would like to know what he looks like. I have some phys­i­cal de­scrip­tions of him from his en­list­ment pa­pers... but no pho­to­graph,” said Lunn.

He’s hop­ing to pub­lish a re­search pa­per on the Lunn fam­ily and said he will pro­vide it to the West Hants His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, who has been quite help­ful in his quest for more in­for­ma­tion.

“I don’t want him to be for­got­ten.”

To con­tact Kevin Lunn with pho­to­graphs or me­men­toes of his great-un­cle, Wal­ter Frances Lunn, email: klunn36@ mymts. net.

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Kevin Lunn is hop­ing some­one from Hants County has a pho­to­graph of his great-un­cle, Wal­ter Frances Lunn, who was killed in ac­tion near the end of the First World War.

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