WILLIAM BOYLE HUNTER No. 16539, 3rd s. of James Hunter, of 30. HOlburn Street, Aberdeen. Engineer, by his wife, Margaret, dau. of Robert Burr, of Tarves, co. Aberdeen; and nephew of the Rev. Dr. John Hunter, of Glasgow; b. Aberdeen, 18 Jan. 1888; educ. Ashley Road Public School, and Central Higher Grade School, Aberdeen: was employed in an Insurance Office in Bristol: enlisted in Jan. 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders; was wounded in the operations at Contalmaison and High Wood 23 July. 1916, and died in No. 12 General Hospital, Rouen, 1 Aug. following. Buried in St. Severs Cemetery there. His Commanding Officer wrote: “I have very great pleasure in Informing you that your son. Sergt. W.B. Hunter, has been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the early morning of 23 July, 1916, He was one of my best N.C.O.’s, and he is a very great loss to there regiment,” and a comrade: “He was a brave and gallant soldier, a true friend and companion, and he died like a hero for the sake of the country he loved. His men loved him and would follow him anywhere, and his officer (now killed) Medal for gallant and distinguished service in the field; unmarried.
HUGH HUNTER 3rd surviving s. of the late Robert, Hunter, Engineer and Manager, Chester Gas Works, Member of the Society of Engineers, by his wife, Ann Martha (16, Durand Gardens, S.W.), yst. dau. of the late Henry Carne ; b. Whitefriars, Chester, 21 June, 1892; educ. Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, Sussex, where he was a L.-Corpl. in the Cadet Corps, and on leaving entered the employ of a firm of Motor Engineers, afterwards Patent Agents in London ; volunteered after the outbreak of war, joined the 4th Seaforths in Sept. 1914, and after two months’ training at Bedford, went to the Front with them in Nov. He was shot through the head while acting as observer to his Capt. in the advance on Neuve Chapelle, in the early morning of 11 March, 1915, and died before reaching the dressing station ; unmarried. He was buried with several comrades in the garden of a house at Neuve Chapelle (Edgeware Road), s.5.d.3.5. Letters from his Commanding Officer and the Chaplain testify of his being most popular with his comrades and a good soldier.
THOMAS VICARS HUNTER yr. s. of Henry Charles Vicara Hunter, of Kilbourne Hall, co. Derby, and Abermarlais Park, Llangadock, co. Carmarthen, by his wife, the Hon. Florence Edith Louise, dau. of the 12th Baron Dormer ; b. London, April, 1897; educ. Ladycross Seaford, and Eton, which he left on the outbreak of war, at the age of 17, with a nomination for Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut, in Dec. 1914 ; promoted Lieut., and Capt. in Dec. 1917 ; soon after receiving his commission he broke his leg badly in a motor-bicycle accident, which, blood poisoning setting in, necessitated amputation above the knee, July, 1915 ; on recovery after a long illness, he was given work at the War Office ; in Oct. 1916, he was passed fit for general home service, and rejoined his regiment; he subsequently took a draft of men out to France, but finding that the loss of his leg greatly handicapped him for infantry work, and seeing no chance of getting out to the front, he joined the Royal Flying corps in Feb. 1917 ; obtained his Wings in May, and his Pilot’s certificate; served with the Expeditionary Force, in France and Flanders from the following June, being posted to a fighting squadron, and flying a scout machine; was gazetted Flight Commander in Sept. of the same year; took part in many air tights destroying several enemy machines and sending down others out of control ¦ proceeded with his squadron to Italy in Nov., and was killed In action 5 Dee 1917, and buried at Camazzole, 10 miles from Citadella. One Squadron Commander wrote : ” He was absolutely splendid throughout his time with me, arid I tried hard to obtain for him recognition of his bravery,” and another: He was a tine pilot, and his Flight would have followed him anywhere Your son was a splendid officer, and enormously popular. I never knew anyone keener or more ‘ all out’ than he was. He had got his Flight flying in closer formation than any Might in existence, and we were very proud of it in the squadron.” The Roman Catholic Chaplain attached to British Headquarters who officiated at the funeral, which was arranged by the French in whose lines he fell, wrote : ” I think the French Authorities and the French soldiers generally when they realized that this brave flying officer had only one leg thought they could not do enough to show their admiration, and so the very elaborate public funeral they organized and carried out. Capt. Hunter’s exceptional bravery seems to have appealed to the mind of the French soldiers in a very particular way, for no one knows better than the French soldier what sacrifice is.”
Forename Melville Adrian Cecil
Rank 2nd Lieutenant
Ship / Unit 4th Battn. the Highland Light Infantry, Attd. 7th (Service) Battn. the South Staffordshire Regiment.
Date of Death 15th November, 1915
War The Great War
Type Roll of Honour
Source De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-1918
Ghosts Go Haunting
By Sorche Nic Leodhas
In these eerie accounts, Sorche Nic Leodhas presents a compilation of Gaelic ghost stories she has collected throughout her life. With tales such as those of the lads who were robbed by a dead man, the crofter who helped carry a coffin, and the mother who came back from the dead to care for her baby, Ghosts Go Haunting is sure to thrill even the firmest of nonbelievers.
In the Autumn of the year 1830 two estate labourer were working on the field drains at the foot of Hawking Craigs, and came on a Brooch laying in the grass. The Brooch was acquired by Robert Hunter of Hunterston and later sold by his widow in 1891 to The Museum of Antiquities.
In 2017 on the group tour I had we visited the Museum of Scotland and many of us saw the real Hunterston Brooch.
I have been a travel agent since 1991 and now specialize in Ancestral Tours. Having been a SCOTSagent for years, this coming 2021 I am working with Lois Wallace for a Clan Hunter Gathering Tour which happened to be scheduled for this coming September, but because of the virus we had to postpone until 2021.
In the present I am planning other group tours for 2021-2022 and in my blog will be posting Celtic Travel Adventures having to do with this study.
I have always wanted to walk in the footsteps of Dr. John Hunter to London, Sir Walter Scott to his ancestral castle Abbotsford in the Scottish Borders, and for those of you who want to follow me for a cuppa tea in the UK, I will be including favorite venues for afternoon tea.