Edward Hunter

First Name: 
Edward
Last Name: 
Hunter
Mother's Name: 
Barbara Hunter
Father's Name: 
Robert Hunter
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, January 19, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Sapper
Rank at Discharge: 
Sapper
Unit: 
Tunnelling Company
Company: 
2nd Tunnel
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, June 5, 1936
Details: 

Edward Hunter (Service No 1419) was born in Northumberland, England in 1865.

On 14th June 1891 he married Georgina Crofts and they arrived in Australia with their family, in November 1912.

At enlistment Edward was 45 years old, worked as a miner and lived in Woonona, N.S.W. In fact, he was 50 years old.

Edward embarked on HMAT A38 Ulysses with the Mining Corps, Reinforcement 1, on 20th February 1916. He disembarked in France on 7th May 1916 and joined the 2nd Tunnelling Company in the field, on 29th December 1916. Edward saw service on the Western Front as a miner until the war ended. He was returned to Australia in January 1919 and discharged medically unfit on 26th July 1919 having been diagnosed with rheumatism and early senility.

Edward died in 1936, and is buried in Woronora Cemetery.

He is commemorated for his service on the Bulli Woonona War Memorial.

Edward's sons Austin Hunter (Service No 3567) and Robert Hunter (Service No 13787), also served.

A third son enlisted but was discharged medically unfit.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, HUNTER E 1419

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