William Leslie Low HUNTER

Regiment:               Royal Garrison Artillery, Bute Mountain Battery,                                 
                               4th Highland Mountain Brigade  

Rank & Number:    
Gunner, 2714 & 300645  

06 February 1892; Gallowgate Street, Largs  

                       15 June 1961; Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy  

Brother of Baden, Dunlop and George

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 Links).  

He married Davina Knox Young in Abbotshall, Fife in 1934.  

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, b. Largs)  

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:-  

19 February 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.  

26 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?

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