Topic: Horatio Douglas Dumbleton (1889-1917)

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Horatio Douglas Dumbleton was born in Katikati, the grandson of the founder, George Vesey Stewart. He was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium, on 12 October 1917. Researched and written by Debbie McCauley.

Horatio Douglas Dumbleton was born in Katikati in 1889 (reg. 1889/12084). His parents were Arthur Roderick and Mary Phoebe Dumbleton (nee Stewart) who married at Martray in Katikati on 1 January 1885.

Horatio worked as a Crane Driver. He married Ellen Louisa Ryan in Wellington on 4 September 1909 (reg. 1909/7802) and they lived at 154b Taranaki Street in Wellington.  

Horation and Ellen adopted a child, Thora Olive Dumbleton, known as "Minnie Louise". Minnie Louise was born in Wellington on 25 June 1911 (reg. 1920/27703).

Horatio enlisted during World War I, embarking on 2 April 1917. He served with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, J Company, 3rd Battalion.

Horatio Douglas Dumbleton (1889-1918)

Lance Corporal Horatio Douglas Dumbleton  was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium, on 12 October 1917 (reg. 1918/22083) aged 28. His death notice appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on 5 December 1917:

DUMBLETON Mr Vesey Stewart has been informed by cable sent by his daughter, Mrs Dumbleton, that her eldest [second] son Douglas, the former's grandson, was killed in action on October 12th. Some delay has occurred in sending the final announcement, the first cable stating that he was missing. The late Douglas Dumbleton who joined the 23rd Reinforcements, was married, but has left no family. His paternal grandfather was the late General Dumbleton, a member of an old Hampshire Country family. A cheery letter was received by Mrs Dumbleton from her son since the news of his death reached her, in which he said that he would soon be home again, as the Huns were licked and could not hold out much longer. A letter received under such sad circumstances adds to a loving mother's grief (p. 2).

Horatio was buried in the Passchendaele New British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Ellen died in Wellington in August 1919 (reg. 1919/10990). Minnie Louise married William Alexander Gordon McKain (1909-?) in 1937.




Bay of Plenty Times (5 December 1917, p. 2).

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Cenotaph Database (Auckland War Memorial Museum).

Military personnel file (Archives New Zealand).

New Zealand Marriages Database (NZSG).

Passchendaele Casualty form.


How to cite this page: McCauley, Debbie (2012). Horatio Douglas Dumbleton (1889-1917). Retrieved from (Tauranga Memories, last updated: *insert date*). In-text citation: (McCauley, 2012)

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Horatio Douglas Dumbleton (1889-1917)

Note:Service Number: 39778
First Names:Horatio Douglas
Last Name:Dumbleton
Date of Birth:1889
Place of Birth:Katikati
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:12 October 1917
Place of death:Ypres, Belgium
Place of burial:Passchendaele New British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Spouses name:Ellen Louisa Ryan
Spouses date of birth:October 1888
Spouses place of birth:Wellington, New Zealand
Spouses date of death:August 1919
Spouses place of death:Wellington, New Zealand
Date of marriage:4 September 1909
Place of marriage:Wellington, New Zealand
Fathers name:Arthur Roderick Dumbleton
Fathers date of birth:c1864
Fathers place of birth:Sinlin, India
Fathers date of death:18 October 1924
Fathers place of death:Nairobi, Kenya
Mothers name:Mary Phoebe Stewart
Mothers date of birth:1865
Mothers place of birth:Ballygawley, Ireland
Mothers date of death:October 1962
Mothers place of death:Wellington, New Zealand
Name of sibilings:Charles Mervyn Gordon Dumbleton, Frances Mary Pauline Dumbleton, Violet Louisa Grace Dumbleton, and Lawrence Philip Dumbleton
Name of the children:Thora Olive Dumbleton
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)