CHS Old Boys website logoCHS Logo
Picture of Francis Wilfred Hunter
Francis Wilfred Hunter
Sergeant - Service Number 8/394

Francis Wilfred was the son of Elizabeth Mary Hunter. He moved to Givelo Gummies Bush, Southland.
On enlistment, he served as a sergeant in the 1st Battalion of the Otago Regiment. He served in Gallipoli and then in France.
The 1st Otago was involved in an attack in September 1916, on the Somme. During the night of the 16th/17th the 1st Battalion moved up to Fat Trench. At about 1pm, the enemy artillery opened up and continued until about 6pm resuming yet again at 9pm. The result of this was a long casualty list. On the 18th, in the early morning, the London Rifles attacked Flers Trench and Flers Support and, once consolidated, the 1st Otago were to hold the trenches. After taking over the new line the Battalion came under intense pressure with the Germans attacking from high ground with bombs at the junction of Flers Trench and Goose Alley. Fierce fighting all day led to many casualties and the 1st Otago was relieved at 11pm. Francis Wilfred was killed this day, 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Caterpillar Valley Memorial.