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Serjeant Major

Edmund Benjamin James CUNNELL




20 March 1917 Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Service No.



249 (Airborne) Field Company RE
591 (Antrim) Parachute Squadron RE.

Military Notes:
Service Record:

Enlisted 6 Dec 1939
Transferred to 591 in 1945. 
Demobbed 20 Jan 1946

In Norway with the 591 Paras, CSM Cunnell had adopted a Husky Dog which was named "Norsky". Sadly Norsky couldn't return to England with the troops when they were eventually repatriated.

Family Notes:

son of James Cunnell (1879-1942) and Margaret Cook (1879- 1962) m.1904 Ipswich.

brother of Olive Margaret Cunnell (Chenery)(1906-1990)
Evelyn May Cunnell (1908-1989)
Reginald James Cunnell (1911- 1994)
Robert William Cunnell (1912- 1993)
and Kathleen Florence Marie Cunnell (McPherson)(1915- 1953) widowed when her husband Master-at-Arms Wm E.C. McPherson R.N. was killed on his ship HMS Liverpool 14 June 1942, when it was hit by an aerial Torpedo while on a supply mission to Malta.

Civilian Occupation:

Carpenter and Joiner




March 1991  Ipswich RD, Suffolk



Cemetery / Memorial:









Squadron Sgt. Major Cunnell's family have kindly sent in a series of photos taken
in Norway in the summer of 1945. These men were some of the last members remaining with 591 Squadron, before it was disbanded. Perhaps this parade has something to do with the visit by King Haakon of Norway.

The following photo appears to be Montgomery addressing members of 249 Para, prior to D-day. Several of the men wearing Denisen Smocks and there is an armed Military Policeman carrying a Mk II Sten Gun, in the foreground. SSM cunnell is to be found slightly to the right of centre on the far group of men, carrying a dispatch bag or map bag round his neck.

SSM Cunnell's discharge papers from 591A/B [airborne] SQN RE

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