Private John Hunter

Private John Alexander Hunter, “D” Coy, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died on 27th April 1917 of wounds received in action in the Second Battle of Gaza in Palestine, aged 31.  He had been born in Chirnside and was the son of John and Jane Hunter of Tweedsmuir, Chirnside and the husband of Helen Hunter of Pinefield Cottage , Chirnside and is buried in Alexandra ( Hadra ) War Cemetery, Egypt. His Headstone is inscribed ” In Memory Of My Dear Husband From His Wife Helen Hunter “. He had been brought up by his Grandparents on Station farm, Chirnside where he had worked before the War.  He had been wounded in the attack, gallantly led by Major Wattie Forrest of Kelso, on the strong Turkish positions on ” Outpost Hill” which, whilst captured, could not be held due to casualties and a shortage of ammunition. TherE is an excellent account of the action in Gavin Richardson’s book ” After Gallipoli”. The photographs show the Borderers in Palestine in 1917.

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