During this Memorial Day weekend I am researching our Hunters in Uniform.
JOHN MAURICE HUNTER JOHN MAURICE HUNTER, son of the Rev. Dr. John Hunter, was born in 1885. He was educated at the Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow, and at University College School, London, and came up to Balliol as a commoner in 1904. He obtained a Second Class in Modern History in 1908, played in the Tennis Six, and was Secretary and Vice-President of the Arnold Society. After taking his degree he took a post in a publishing house and did a good deal of journalistic work. In 1912 he was appointed to a Junior Examinership at the Board of Education which he held until the end of 1914, when he took a commission in the Wiltshire Regiment. He went to France in the autumn of 1915 and was made Bombing Officer of his battalion. He was killed near La Boiselle in the second day of the Somme battle in a difficult and dangerous task for which he had volunteered. Hunter was a man of wide interests, a keen athlete—a great climber and a good lawn-tennis player—with a strong interest in social problems and a considerable literary ability which was beginning to find expression in play writing. There was much more in him than came out in his academic record, as he developed late. His work after he left College showed promise that he had a career of great interest and usefulness in front of him.In the war he showed exceptional gallantry and initiative. His commanding officer wrote of him as ” one of the bravest men I have ever met.”