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522 Cpl Robert Hunter, 1/1 Lanarkshire Yeomanry


Kimberley John Lindsay

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Dear GWF members,

Can anyone decipher what was written across the deleted 'Sgt.' (and subsequently 'Cpl.'), please?

The 15 Star for Gallipoli service was impressed 522 CPL. R. HUNTER, LANARK. YEO. He was hospitalised in the UK suffering from Enteric Fever, but rejoined his unit, which was renamed the 12th Ayr & Lanarkshire Yeomanry Bn. (and was promoted Sgt., and renumbered to 295515). Hunter saw service in Egypt and possibly Palestine. However, on 11 May 1917 he was posted to RA Cadet School, Exeter, and commissioned into the RFA (SR) on 23 Oct 1917 (London Gazette, page 10888), being a batch of 29 from Officer Cadet Units to the Royal Field Artillery.

He joined D Bty., 113th Brigade, RFA in France and sometime in 1918 Hunter's efforts resulted in his being awarded the Belgian Order of the Crown, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre avec palme.

He was demoblised in 1919, having served with D/113 RFA during the occupation in Germany.

Kindest regards,

Kim.1636410904_HunterMedalRoll.jpg.d0a716893c7bf4f44cf91c90ae1ef339.jpg526733649_MedalIndexCard.jpg.96fcd64933b3f34cf0a6eec503ac4d6b.jpg

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I think the second word is label as I think the entry under Love is proforma label. So I think it is ??? Label. So presumably just a clerical remark of no lasting significance.

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Dear Mark,

Thanks for that: 'p/f label', perhaps (whatever that meant!)?

Much appreciated: I would not have solved that one! 

Happily, thanks to the kindness of Campbell Thomson, I have a copy of "The Lanarkshire Yeomanry in WWI", which lists L/Cpl. Hunter, R. (but as 446 - his 15 Star and papers show 522), with "C" Squadron (initially men from Coatbridge). Robert Hunter's father lived at Coatbridge; indeed, a fine portrait of 'Lieut. Robert Hunter' appeared in the 1919 "Coatbridge and the Great War", compiled by the Revd Samuel Lindsay, his wife and two daughters. Apparently Hunter appears in the section of those decorated.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

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Dear All,

Here is the portrait (thanks, Dick Flory!), of Lieut. Robert Hunter, RFA.

Additionally (from "Dust, Sand & Mud" and thanks to Campbell Thomson) an unidentified Lanarkshire Yeomanry L/Cpl who was almost certainly Hunter - perhaps prior to Gallipoli?1529673509_2LtR.HunterLanarkYeo-Cpland2LtRFASR.JPG.06ea53e735f4733886d55db956fe2db9.JPG5a653b648ba06_522CplHunterLanarkYeo.JPG.a431e6b9dd405574c4b324db86cdd86d.JPG.ad49398de3b8cc505e56f0731d97720c.JPG1617737542_HunterLtR.JPG.25aa9fa4a6d38cddb228da8bd63024e7.JPG234460521_ProbablyL-CplRobertHunterLanark_Yeo_1915.jpg.9abefd2e6958d889db6f55e81e41b9d8.jpg

His medals are also of interest...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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