Hunter, John Stewart (No. 17912)

Hunter, John Stewart (John)

Lance Corporal

No. 17912, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 21)

Buried:

Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, France (Grave XXX. G. 16)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Helen’s Bay Parish Church of Ireland Church (St John Baptist)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

John Stewart Hunter was born on 8 January 1895 at 125 Vernon Street, Belfast and he was the eldest son of Thomas and Jane Hunter (nee Stewart) who were married on 26 March 1894 in St Thomas’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  Thomas Hunter of 125 Vernon Street, Belfast was a son of John Hunter, a carter.  Jane Stewart of 2 University Terrace, Belfast was a daughter of John Stewart, a farmer.

Thomas Hunter was born in Holywood and he worked as a labourer, a tramway strapper and a packer.

The Hunter family lived in Belfast at 125 Vernon Street; 54 Spence Street; 699 Gaffikin Street; 101 Vernon Street; 113 Vernon Street and 105 Vernon Street.  When they lived in Helen’s Bay they worshipped in Helen’s Bay Parish Church of Ireland Church (St John Baptist).

Thomas and Jane Hunter (nee Stewart) had at least five children:

John Stewart (born 8 January 1895 at 125 Vernon Street, Belfast)

Eliza Jane (Lizzie, born 26 April 1897 at 54 Spence Street, Belfast)

Fanny (born 10 June 1899 at 699 Gaffikin Street, Belfast)

Margaret Ellen (born 4 May 1903 at 101 Vernon Street, Belfast)

Henrietta Alexandra (born 17 April 1906 at 113 Vernon Street, Belfast)

John Stewart Hunter enlisted in Holywood and he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Lance Corporal John Hunter (No. 17912) was 21 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he was buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, France.

Lance Corporal John Hunter is commemorated on the Memorial Plaque in Helen’s Bay Parish Church of Ireland Church (St John Baptist) and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 282).