Private William Hunter

Private William Hunter,1st/4th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed in action in France, aged 20, on 20th November 1917  in the attack on Flesquieres Ridge on the first day of the battle of Cambrai and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louveral, France. He had been born in 1897 at Heriot’s Hall Farm, Channelkirk and was the son of Robert and Jessie Hunter. This was the first time tanks had been used en masse and on good ground to breach the German lines.  The colour photo shows the Memorial raised to the 51st ( Highland ) Division of which the Battalion was part. It was erected in Newfoundland Park on the Somme and was taken on 13th November 1916 when the Division stormed and captured the strong German positions in Beaumont Hamel. A plaque on the Memorial in Gaelic reads ” Friends Are Good On The Day Of Battle “. The other photo shows Seaforths checking a captured German dugout.

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