• The Life and Times of Charles Dunning

The Life and Times of Charles Dunning

Knight of Bahá’u’lláh to the Orkney Isles

Charles Dunning came from a large working-class family in Morley, Yorkshire. Born into the misery of 1880s England, he was unable to walk until he was nine. His father sent him down the local coalmine at 13. Subsequently he was enrolled as a merchant seaman, probably to avoid further incidents of petty crime. After years at sea and then in and out of numerous lowly jobs on shore, he responded to ‘YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU!’, serving as a Private in both World Wars. Having experienced the horrors of seeing mass graves in France during the First World War he lived through the 56 days and nights of the London blitz during the second war. With little or no moral compass, he spent years in and out of prison. One judge, in passing sentence, stated that ‘the prisoner had spent the best part of his life committing crime...Show More

Charles Dunning came from a large working-class family in Morley, Yorkshire. Born into the misery of 1880s England, he was unable to walk until he was nine. His father sent him down the local coalmine at 13. Subsequently he was enrolled as a merchant seaman, probably to avoid further incidents of petty crime. After years at sea and then in and out of numerous lowly jobs on shore, he responded to ‘YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU!’, serving as a Private in both World Wars. Having experienced the horrors of seeing mass graves in France during the First World War he lived through the 56 days and nights of the London blitz during the second war. With little or no moral compass, he spent years in and out of prison. One judge, in passing sentence, stated that ‘the prisoner had spent the best part of his life committing crime and no doubt would continue to do so. All he had to consider now was the protection of society.’

Demobbed from the 1939-45 war, he sought answers - visiting many different churches in Manchester. His eye caught an advert highlighting the ‘Oneness of Mankind’, that convinced him within weeks to convert to the Bahá’í Faith. During the remains of his 82 years, he shared his newly found Faith with thousands of people he met on his journey. The path remained thorny, dogged by a brusque manner, chronic lung disease and a physical visage rejected by many. He was the first Bahá’í to pioneer to Belfast and then to the Orkney Islands, winning an accolade and title ‘Knight of Bahá’u’lláh’.

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  • Contributors:: Keith Munro (Author)
  • Format: Softcover book | 350 pages
  • Dimensions: 150 x 230 x 18 mm | 900 g
  • Publisher: Learmont Publishing, 2023
  • Language: English
  • SKU: BKS-HIS-H.0537

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