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47464   Rifleman William Hunter
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 11/07/1894
Died: 24/10/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
William Hunter was a son of Samuel and Rebecca Ann Hunter. He was born on 11th July 1894 in Ballyronan, County Tyrone. He was one of ten children, all of whom were born in the Magherafelt area. By 1911, William was 16, working as a draper's assistant, living with the family at The Loop, County Londonderry. His father was a farm labourer. William enlisted in Belfast, joining the Royal Army Service Corps, having the service number T4/128765. William later transferred to 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman William Hunter was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on Wednesday 24th October 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Prowse Point Military Cemetery
  Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, 2
Grave Ref: Grave 3-D-2
CWGC Casualty 445499
Prowse Point Military Cemetery is located 11.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on a road leading from the Rijselseweg N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen, Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. 2 Kms after Mesen lies the left hand turning onto Rue St.Yvon. The cemetery is located 600 metres along this road on the right hand side.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 225
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1 1901 Census lists Hunter family 1901 census lists William as age 6, living with the family at house 22 in Ballyronan Beg, Salterstown, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Hunter family 1911 census lists William as age 16, a draper's assistant, at house 32 in Ballyneil More, The Loop
3 Photo of Rifleman William Hunter's grave
4 Magherafelt War Dead Also listed on Magherafelt War Dead
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman William Hunter's grave can be purchased here
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