Robert James Tunaley
b. 2-4-1861 Wymondham, Norfolk.
m. Mary Eliabeth Clements, 5/1/1888,
Robert d. 4/8/1895, Maison Laffitte, Paris.
Newspaper cuttings from March 1914, provided
by Mr. Paul Tunaley, show Robert Tunaley
placed in two French horse races, including
The Prix Saint-Maurice.
Much information and photographs courtesy of
Ms. Natascha Brown..
Click on Picture to Enlarge - Sgt. Robert Tunaley in uniform.
b. abt. 1896, Paris.
A Norfolk reservist in 1911, Sergeant Robert Tunaley of the Royal
Norfolks fought in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.
From "The Long Long Trail"
"29 July 1915 : embarked at Liverpool and moved to Gallipoli via Mudros.
Landed at Suvla Bay on 10 August 1915.
19 December 1915 : evacuated from Gallipoli and arrived at Alexandria".
The ship carrying Robert to Gallipoli was the Aquitania the third of
Cunard Line's famous express liners, built following RMS Mauretania and
(no record has been found of Robert being married or having children - see details of mother Mary's will below).
Robert Tunaley was the third son of Robert James Tunaley, the jockey. In the late 1880's Robert James was already racing in Paris. The family moved to France, probably in the early 1890's, and was living at Maison Laffitte, just outside the capital. It is assumed this is where third son Robert was born. Robert Jamess's first and second sons, Edward and William Clement died due to illness following World War 1. Florence, Robert's sister, returned to England at some stage. She married Jack Gilbert in 1922 but it is not known whether this marked her eventual return to England. This marriage was in the same year as the death, 1922, of brother William Clement.
Robert's mother Mary Tunaley died May 1949, Paris, leaving effects amounting to £2112 11s to Robert's sister Florence.
Probate information courtesy of Dr. Jane Holmes.
Robert died 28th January 1953, Lewisham, London, buried Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Suffolk.
Mary Elizabeth Clements
m. Robert James Tunaley 5/1/1888
Mary d. May 1949, Paris.
Click on Picture to Enlarge - Robert in centre of picture.
Click on Picture to Enlarge - Robert holding whip