WILLIAM LESLIE LOW HUNTER, known as Leslie,was born 06 Feb 1892 in Gallowgate Street,
Largs, to parents William James Dunlop Hunter, a shoemaker, and Elizabeth
McAdam Webster (who married in Largs on 15 Mar
1889). He died of
pancreatic cancer at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy on 15 Jun 1961 (aged 69, married, bank clerk ret., of Monklands, Woodlands Road, Lundin
He married Davina Knox Young in Abbotshall, Fife in
the 1901 Census, Leslie, aged 9, is at 55 Main Street, Largs in the household
of grandparents William Hunter (60, bootmaker, b.
Largs) and Jane Hunter (53,
b. England), with sister Jane (7,
In the 1911 Census, aged 19 and a bank clerk, he is at
55 Main Street, Largs in the household of grandparents William Hunter (70, bootmaker) and Jane Hunter (68), with sister Jane (17)
SERVICE RECORD Attested on 1 Dec
1915 (age 23, bank clerk, nok father), he was posted to the Highland Mountain Brigade, R.G.A. on 9 Feb
1916. He was hospitalised with malaria
in Salonika on 18 Oct 1918 and in Surrey on 4 Jan 1919. The Largs & Millport Weekly News reported
on 26 Oct 1918 that he’d been in Salonika for over two years. He was demobilized to Oakbank, Fairlie on 25
May 1919. His medal index card shows he
received the British War and Victory medals.
Extracts from the Largs &
Millport Weekly News:-
1916 Our latest
recruit is Mr. Leslie Hunter, who has joined the Garrison Artillery. He makes the third member of his family who
has responded to the call of his country.
October 1918 The Toll Of War: Mr. Dunlop Hunter, Fairlie, has
been informed that his son, Gnr. William L.L. Hunter, R.G.A., who has been for
over two years in Salonika hospital, is suffering from a severe attack of
malaria. Note – this is the transcript from newspaper, but should it read
that he’s been over two years in Salonika and is now in hospital?