George Henry Hunter

Born: 16 February 1890
Died: 29 August 1918
Service number: 95110
Rank:
Regiment/Service: 2nd/4th Battalion Fusiliers
Family information: Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Hunter (nee Crossley), Husband of Ethel (nee Holroyd)

War service

George Henry Hunter was my uncle.

He enlisted in the army March 1915 in the K.O.Y.L.I.  After joining he was transferred to the 2nd/4th Battalion, London Regiment of the Royal Fusiliers where he made Corporal. 

The last time he saw his wife and children was Christmas 1917 when he was home on leave.  Two days before he got killed by a shell on the 25 August 1918 he had written home to his wife sending his pay and a German watch.

Click to see bigger versionA comrade of George, Sergeant J. Fawous wrote to George’s wife saying he was one of his best pals, who feared nothing and was always cheering his men up, singing and joking wherever he was and every man in the platoon misses him.

He was awarded three medals, the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He is remembered with honour at Bronfay Farm Military Cemetery, Bray-Sur-Somme.

George is also on the church Roll Of Honour in Brotherton and on the Brotherton War Memorial. His cousin Dennis Hunter was also killed in WW1 and is remembered on that memorial.

Family services

George Henry Hunter was born on the 16 of February 1890 to parents Joseph and Ann Elizabeth Hunter (Nee Crossley). They lived at Brotherton. His father was a coalminer, probably at Fryston Colliery. He had five sons and three daughters, one of whom was Ruth, my mother.

George got married to Ethel Holroyd on the 8 July 1911 and they had three sons William 1911, Albert 1913 and George 1914. They lived at Austerbury Yard, High St., Brotherton. He worked at Fryston Colliery before he enlisted into the army. He was a musician, a member of the Brotherton Prize Band, playing the cornet. He entered several competitions playing the cornet, of which he had two 1st places, one at Stanley Ferry near Wakefield on the 12 November 1914.

His wife Ethel must have found life very hard bringing up three young boys on her own after George’s death. 

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