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David HUNTER

Regimental number4816
Place of birthAshington, Northumberland, England
SchoolChurch of England School, Ashington, Northumberland, England
Age on arrival in Australia16
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCoremaker
AddressNorth Road, Ryde, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Mr. G. Hunter, North Road, Ryde, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 November 1915
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death18.10
Age at death from cemetery records18
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Jane HUNTER, 'Wansbeck', North Road, Ryde, New South Wales. Native of Ashington Colliery, Northumberland, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 18 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried in No Man's Land approx at 5J90.43 to 5K02.51 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1390804, 4975 Pte A.H. MEADOWS, 59th Bn (No 1 Convalescent Camp, Boulogne), 22 May 1917: 'I knew him quite well. He was in my platoon. We made an attack on Fromelles on that day. During the attack he was killed by a shell. Cpl. Hubbard told me that he knew he was killed.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HUNTER David
Red Cross file 1390804

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