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Remembered Today:

Corporal D Cooper VC (HLI)


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Nigel

[/quotHello Nigel

The heading says Cpl Cooper VC (HLI)??? Misprint

The Great War 1914-18Any details of Cpl Hunter? Where he lived? was he a regular?

Corporal David F Hunter 1/5 HLI JoeFor most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Corporal Hunter was detailed to take on an advanced post close to the enemy who drove back the posts on Corporal hunter’s flanks and established posts in close proximity to, and around him, thus completely isolating his command. Nevertheless he maintained his position and repelled frequent attacks, until the evening of the third day, when a counter-attack relieved them. Without food and water he had held on to his post for over 48 hours. The outstanding bravery , coupled with the determination, fortitude and endurance displayed by Corporal Hunter is beyond all praise and is a magnificent example to all.

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Pm me your e mail Nigel. Just sent 2 pics to HLI musem

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Armagh

How embarrassing ... not so much a misprint and copying and pasting the wrong details!

Nigel

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Any details of Cpl Hunter? Where he lived? Was he a regular?

David Ferguson HUNTER VC was born on 28 November 1891 at Kingseat, Dunfermline, Scotland.

He was a Miner and joined the Territorials in 1910, serving with the 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Two months after the War began he volunteered for a Cyclist Battalion, later transferring to the Royal Engineers before serving in France in 1916. He was wounded and spent six weeks in hospital. In mid- September 1918 he joined the 1/5th Bn, ( City of Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry, with whom he was awarded his VC - his service number with HLI was 43247. See LG 23 October 1918 for the action 16-17 September 1918.

HUNTER was promoted to Sergeant and was presented with his VC by King George V at Buckingham Palace 16 November 1918.

After the Great War he returned to his Mining job at Kingseat but left that and was later employed at Steelend. Between 1921 and 1951 he was a Country Postman.

In 1951 aged sixty he was employed as a store-keeper at Comrie Colliery for five years. His address during this period was 40 Haig Crescent, Dunfermline. He died of a heart attack in 1965 and is buried in Dunfermline Cemetery..

For further details see The Road to Victory 1918 - by Gerald Gliddon in The VC's of the First World War series.

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