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Ezekiel Dunmore

Stonemason and Soldier

1730 - 1792

The Battle of Minden, 1st August 1759, in which Ezekiel Dunmore fought

We tend to forget that some of our ancestor now buried in Burton Latimer graveyards were very well travelled, especially if they served in the army or navy. Samuel Braines who fought in the Peninsular War is one but another came to light following an email to the Society by a German lady, Janna Funk, who sent a summary of the life of a descendant of hers, Ezekiel Dunmore of Burton Latimer, who fought in the Seven Years’ War.
Janna writes:
“Ezekiel Dunmore (mason by trade) Baptized: 19.04.1730 in Burton Latimer - Buried: 16.05.1792 in Burton Latimer. Married: 23.07.1761 in Emden, (Eastfrisia) Germany. His wife Claaske Bruns (in Burton Latimer written Clara Dillimer) Baptized: 14.12.1738 in Emden, (Eastfrisia) Germany (Presumably died in Northamptonshire after going to England with her husband) Children to this couple: 1. John Dunmore - Baptized: 23.10.1763 in Tynemouth, Northumberland 2. William Ezekiel Dunmore (in Germany later a sailmaker) Baptized: 17.03.1765 in Tynemouth, Northumberland - Married: 01.04.1784 in Leer his wife Trientje Rieken Buried: 12.08.1804 in Leer, (Eastfrisia) Germany 3. John Dunmore (written Dillimer in Burton Latimer) Baptized: 11.11.1778 in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire.

Ezekiel Dunmore was a soldier in the 12th Foot Regiment during the Seven Years' War, who was in the Battle of Minden in Germany around 1759. In 1760 we find an entry about Ezekiel Dunmore in the pension register of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, in which it is stated that Ezekiel suffers from seizures (convulsion fits). He is admitted to the Invalid Company and stationed in Emden, where he married and took his wife with him to England in 1761. Initially stationed in Tynemouth, the first two children were born there and later they must have gone back to Burton Latimer where he died in 1792.

Sources via Ancestry: Parish register of Burton Latimer. Northants. Parish register of Christ Church, Tynemouth, Northumberland. Parish register of Reformed Church in Leer and Emden, Germany Pension register of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London Wikipedia: List of Regiments of the Royal Navy , The Seven Years War.”
Picture of the Battle of Minden by Bryan Palmer from 1st Battn. Anglian Regiment Facebook page.

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