Charles Nunn Wiki – Bio
Charles Nunn is from Mumbles, Swansea, helped families identify the bodies of 116 children and 28 adults.
Charles Nunn Age
He was 85 years old.
Charles Nunn Family
He is survived by his wife, Elaine, a retired police officer from Blackwood, four step-children, six step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
Who is Charles Nunn makeshift mortuary
He had a makeshift mortuary built in a chapel in the village of South Wales after a slag heap flooded the Pantglas Junior School on October 21, 1966.
“I am still impressed by their dignity when they queued up in the rain waiting to identify their child,” he told BBC Wales just weeks before his death.
Jeff Edwards MBE, the last surviving child to be rescued from the remains of the school, said: “We were grieved to learn of the death of Charles Nunn, who, as a police officer, was responsible for body and body identification at the time of the Aberfan disaster to connect with surviving dependents.
“The effects on him and on other rescuers were profound and had a lasting impact on the rest of his life.”
Charles Nunn Career
In 1966, Mr. Nunn, then deputy inspector of the regional criminal police, had been specially trained by Scotland Yard to deal with serious incidents.
“On the morning of Friday, October 21, I had a wireless message to the so-called murder bag, which was full of papers, labels, and statements – everything we needed to do a big murder investigation – and come to Merthyr,” said he joined the BBC before he died.
“I thought we’d deal with a murder case. But of course, it didn’t happen that way.”
“Merthyr Borough Police, in whose area Aberfan fell, had only a hundred police officers and they could not handle it, so they asked for outside help,” said Nunn.
“We were asked to take care of the identification of the bodies that were recovered from the school and surrounding houses.
“Nobody had any idea of how many there would be. We thought we were dealing with half a dozen deaths. We had no idea that there would be 144 deaths. At that point, we didn’t understand the number.”
A few weeks before his death, he said, “I always remember a boy named Reverend Hayes, Kenneth Hayes. He lost his son Dyfrig in school. And he came to the chapel to help his parishioners.
“One day I said to him: ‘Mr. Hayes, I don’t know how to do it, you lost your son.’ And he said to me, “Well, my beliefs are like that of my wife that we know. One day we will reunite. The only thing we ask is that he will be a young man or six years old “He was pretty amazing, quite a bit. He and his wife are now buried next to their son in West Wales.”
Charles Nunn worked for the military police across South Wales for the Bechuanaland Mounted Police, Botswana, and the Royal Oman Police.
Charles Nunn Tributes
The community of Aberfan has paid tribute to a retired police officer for his work during the disaster more than 50 years ago.