Died: 27 September 1915; Alexandria Hospital, Egypt
Other: Buried Alexandria Military Cemetery Brother
of Baden, Dunlop and Leslie Hunter
GEORGE WEBSTER HUNTERwas born 12 Oct 1895 at Springbank, Fairlie, to
parents William James Dunlop Hunter, a shoemaker, and Elizabeth McAdam Webster (who married in Largs on 15 Mar 1889). He died, aged 19, on 27 Sep 1915 in
Alexandria Hospital, Egypt after suffering from dysentery, and is buried at
Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. He is commemorated on Fairlie War Memorial.
On 20 Apr 1915 at 19 Howard Street, Glasgow, George (aged19, gardener/Private 1st 5th Btn. RSF)
married Jean Davidson by declaration. Prior to the war, he was a
gardener at Fairlieburne.
the 1901 Census, George, aged 5, is living Oak Bank, Fairlie, with parents Wm.
JG Hunter (34, shoemaker, b. England)
and wife Eliz. Mca. Hunter (30, b. England) and siblings Dunlop (2, b. Fairlie), Eliz P (4, b. Fairlie) and
Baden (10m, b. Fairlie)
the 1911 Census, aged 15, he is living Oakbank, Fairlie with parents Dunlop (44, bootmaker) and Elizabeth (40, married 22
years, 13 children/12 living) and siblings Elizabeth
(14), Dunlop (12), Baden(10), Jessie (9),
Thomas (8), Harry (6), David (5), Arthur (3),
SERVICE DETAILS Named in the Largs & Millport Weekly News
Roll of Honour printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald
Roll of Honour printed in Dec 1914 (Hunter, Pte. George W., Oak Bank, Fairlie,
medal index card shows first theatre of war entered was Balkans on 6 Jun
1915. The Largs & Millport Weekly
News reported that he’d been stationed at Stirling for training, and had
travelled south for embarkation on the troop train involved in the Gretna rail
disaster on 22 May 1915 (where
227 died and 247 were injured). Little more than
three months after his arrival at Gallipoli, he fell dangerously ill with
dysentery, to which he succumbed on 27 Sep 1915. Shortly thereafter the Cigarette and Tobacco
Fund received a letter from a Sergeant Findlay acknowledging receipt of a
parcel sent to Private Hunter, saying how much liked
he was, not only in his platoon, but by the whole company, and expressing their
deep sorrow at his death. Received the
1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.
Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
November 1914 Private
George Hunter was home on furlough this week and is full of enthusiasm for the
army, and especially for his regiment, the Royal Scots Fusiliers. One of the lads who left the village with him, Charlie Grant, has been promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.
2 October 1915
Dunlop Hunter on Wednesday evening received a cable from Alexandria stating
that his son Private George Hunter, Royal Scots Fusiliers, was lying there
dangerously ill with dysentery. We hope
that better news of our gallant young friend will soon be to hand.
9 October 1915 The Toll Of War; Death Of A Fairlie Soldier: The war has claimed another local victim in
the person of Private George W. Hunter, of the 1/5th Royal Scots Fusiliers, who
died of dysentery in a hospital at Alexandria on Monday last week.
Private Hunter, who was only 20 years of
age, was the second son of Mr. Dunlop Hunter, and joined the Fusiliers at the
outbreak of the war. He was stationed at
Stirling for training till the end of May last, when he with other drafts of
his battalion were sent off. We
understand they travelled south to the port of embarkation in the ill-fated
train which met disaster at Gretna, when so many of the Royal Scots lost their
lives. The draft sailed for the
Dardanelles on the Mauritania, and have been practically continually in the
fighting line ever since they landed.
Private Hunter was in the great battle of the 12th July, when the
captain and lieutenant of his company were killed, and about half the company killed
and wounded. His last letter home was
dated 30th August, when he stated that he had been in the trenches for nearly
three weeks. He fell a victim to the
scourge of the trenches in the Turkish campaign, dysentery, and was removed to
hospital, where he succumbed. Private
Hunter was married, and the deepest sympathy of the village goes out to his
young widow and child and to Mr. and Mrs Dunlop Hunter and the family. Private Hunter was amongst the very first of
the Fairlie young men to respond to the call to arms, and threw himself heart
and soul into the work of getting fit for the fighting line. Previous to joining he was engaged as a
gardener at Fairlieburne, and was highly esteemed by the whole community
Fairlie Cigarette And
Tobacco Fund: A pathetic letter was one received from Sergt. Findlay
acknowledging a parcel sent to the late Pte. Geo. Hunter, and saying how much
liked he was, not only in his platoon, but by the whole company; and also
expressing their deep sorrow at his death.
30 September 1916 In Memoriam: Hunter
– In loving memory of our dear son, Private George Hunter, R.S.F., who died at
Alexandria of dysentery, 27th September, 1916, in his 20th year:
Sorrow vanquished; labour ended; Jordan
by his father and mother, Oakbank, Fairlie
20 September 1917 In Memoriam: Hunter – In loving memory of our dear son, Pte.
George W. Hunter, who died at the General Hospital, Alexandria, 27 September
1915. Oakbank house, Fairlie.
22 December 1917 A
nice photograph of the grave of Private George Hunter, R.S.F., son of Mrs
Dunlop Hunter, who died of dysentery early in the war and was buried at Chatby
Military Cemetery, Alexandria, has just been sent home by Gunner John
McLachlan, R.F.A., who recently visited his old chum’s grave and took the photograph.
28 September 1918
In Memoriam: Hunter – In
loving memory of our dear son, Pte. George W. Hunter, R.S.F., who died at
General Hospital, Alexandria, September 27 1915. - inserted by his parents,
September 1918 In Memoriam: Hunter – In
loving memory of Pte. George Hunter, R.S.F., who died at Alexandria, Egypt on
27 September 1915, aged 20 years:
We do not know what pain he bore, We did not
see him die.
We only know that he passed on, And could
not say goodbye.
He never shunned his country’s call, But
gladly gave his life, his all.
He died the helpless to defend, A British
soldier’s noble end
by his chum, William G. Ramsay, on active service, R.G.A.
27 September 1919
In Memoriam: Hunter – In loving memory of our dear son George
Hunter who died of dysentery at Alexandria, 27th September 1915:
Today recalls sad memories of a loved one
gone to rest
inserted by his mother, father, sisters and brothers, Oakbank, Fairlie.
2 October 1920
In Memoriam: Hunter - In loving memory of our dear son George W.
Hunter, 1-5th R.S.F., who died of dysentery in Alexandria Hospital, 27
September, 1915. Inserted by his father
and mother, Oakbank, Fairlie.