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Harold Gilray HUNTER

Male 1898 - 1918  (20 years)


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  • Name Harold Gilray HUNTER  [1, 2
    Alt. Birth 4 Mar 1898  Peel County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • This indexed list of births also identifies the parents as mother as Wm. J. HUNTER and Mary FRASER. The original birth registration needs to be seen as this is most likely an error in transcription. (Anne Brooks)
    Born 24 Mar 1898  Brampton, Peel, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 1916  [5
    • He served with the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force. His attestation papers, signed 10 October 1916, describe him as Harold Gilray HUNTER, living at R.R. No. 2 Brampton, Ontario; born Brampton; next of kin Josephine HUNTER, mother, residing at Brampton, Ontario. He was born 24 March 1898; working as a clerk and single. His physical exam described him as 18 years, 7 months, 5 ft., 9 in., dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark brown hair. He had a scar on his upper left arm and several moles. His religious affiliation was that of a Presbyterian. He was considered fit for the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force on 10 October 1916 in Toronto, Canada.
    Died 3 Nov 1918  France Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    • Harold Gilray HUNTER, Canadian, Bombardier, Canadian Field Artillery. Unit: 9th Heavy Bty. Age 20, died 3/11/1918. Service No. 341064; son of William James and Josephine HUNTER of Brampton, Ontario. (War Graves)

      TWO MAKE SACRIFICE

      Second Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. HUNTER Killed in Action. Brampton, Ont., Nov. 18 - Harold HUNTER, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. HUNTER of Mount Pleasant, has made the supreme sacrifice. A week ago he was reported as being dangerously wounded. He was a former student of Brampton High School, and enlisted in the 70th Battery in 1916. He went overseas in 1917, when he was transferred to the 9th Howitzer Battery, and spend seventeen months in France. He was slightly wounded at Passchendaele. His brother, Robert G. HUNTER, died on September 17th of this year. Toronto Star 19 Nov 1918.
      (Death notice)
    Commemoration 15 Jun 1919  [2
    • At Ingersoll, a memorial tablet was unveiled in the Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, in honour of Lieut. Alfred J. NORSWORTHY, and another to the two cousins of this family who also fell in the War - Robert Godfrey HUNTER and Harold Gilray HUNTER. The occasion was one of more than local interest with many distinguished officers present from Montreal.
    Buried Cambrai East Military Cemetery, Cambrai, Nord, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7
    • Grave / Memorial Reference: 11. A. 32.

      In Memory of / Bombardier HAROLD GILRAY HUNTER / 341064, 9th Heavy Bty., Canadian Field Artillery / who died age 20 / on 03 November 1918 / Son of William James and Josephine Hunter, of Brampton, Ontario. / Remembered with honour / CAMBRAI EAST MILITARY CEMETERY

      Memorial inscription on NORSWORTHY gravestone at Ingersol Rural Cemetery: Robert and Harold. To the memory of two brothers, nephews of J. C. NORSWORTHY, Esq., born at Brampton, Ontario, who promptly answered the call to duty and gave their lives for Canada & Empire / Robert Godfrey HUNTER, Signaller 60th Battery, 14th Brigade, CFA, killed in action at Arras, September 17th, 1918, aged 28 years / Harold Gilray HUNTER, Bombardier, 9th Howitzer Battery, CFA, killed in action at Valenciennes, November 5th, 1918, aged 20 years. They fought the good fight, read the history of your country and understand. [Harold's date of death was actually the 3rd.]

      His name appears on his parent's headstone in Brampton Cemetery, Chinguacousy Twp., Ontario.
    Person ID I5763  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2009 

    Father William James HUNTER,   b. 5 Feb 1857, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1944, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Josephine Wilson BUCKLAND,   b. 28 Feb 1868, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1939, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 26 Sep 1888  Brampton, Peel, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Wm. J. ? HUNTER, age 30, born Chinguacousy?, Bachelor, Farmer, Presbyterian, son of Joseph and Margt. HUNTER; and Josephine BUCKLAND, age 20, residing at Brampton, born ? , Spinster, Church of England, daughter of Saml. P. BUCKLAND and Mary BUCKLAND, married by license on 26 September 1888 in Brampton. Witnesses Geo? CRAWFORD and Lizzie ANDERSON. [8]
    Address 1891  Chinguacousy, Peel, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Address 1901  Chinguacousy, Peel, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address 1911  Chinguacousy, Peel, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID F1494  Group Sheet

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    Harold Hunter
    Harold Hunter

    Documents
    Death notice: Harold Hunter
    Death notice: Harold Hunter

    Headstones
    HUNTER
    HUNTER

    In Memory of
    BOMBARDIER HAROLD GILRAY HUNTER
    341064, 9th Heavy Bty., Canadian Field Artillery
    who died age 20
    on 03 November 1918
    Son of William James and Josephine Hunter, of Brampton, Ontario
    Remembered with honour
    CAMBRAI EAST MILITARY CEMETERY



    HUNTER
    HUNTER

    WILLIAM JAMES HUNTER
    Died Oct 30, 1944 Aged 87 yrs
    JOSEPHINE BUCKLAND
    Wife of Wm. J. Hunter
    Died Mar 12, 1939 Aged 72 yrs
    ROBERT GODFREY HUNTER
    60th Battery C.F.A. Killed in Action
    Sept 17, 1918. Age 28 yrs. Buried
    in Duisans British Cemetery, France
    HAROLD GILRAY HUNTER
    9th Howitzer Battery C.F.A.
    Killed in Action Nov 1st 1918
    Age 20 yrs. Buried in East Cambrai
    British Cemetery France

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  • Sources 
    1. [S53] Census of Canada, 1901, (31 March 1901).

    2. [S348] Book: A Canadian Family in the Great War 1914 - 1918, J. Castell Hopkins, (Published privately, Toronto, 1921. Copy in Parish of Widecombe-in-the-Moor Family History Center Library.).

    3. [S50] Civil Birth Registration.

    4. [S28] Website: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org).

    5. [S121] Attestation Paper, Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force, (original images online at Canadian Archives.).

    6. [S11] Obituary/Death or Funeral notice.

    7. [S162] Website.

    8. [S109] Civil Marriage Registration.

    9. [S1079] Census of Canada, 1891.

    10. [S308] Census of Canada, 1911, (1 June 1911).


  

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