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Frederick William Hunter
Corporal - Service Number 12/3053

Frederic William was the son of Charles and Jesse Hunter. He was a well-known sports man being an accomplished horseman and a keen golfer. Before he enlisted he was working as an Agent for the Loan and Mercantile company. He joined the 1st Battalion of the Auckland Regiment, trained at Tauherenikau camp and then travelled first to Egypt. He then served in France, being killed in action on the 29th of June 1916. He was aged 26. He is buried in the Cite Bonjean Cemetery Armentiers Block I Row C Grave 2. On the 29th, Fred was in charge of a working party behind the firing line when he was hit in the neck by a shell fragment or shrapnel and killed instantly. He was buried by the Reverend E. E. Maldon who had known him from New Zealand and described him as always cheerful even in the most depressing circumstances. A local newspaper The Waikato Independent, printed some information about his death in a letter from one of his fellow soldiers: "Poor Fred Hunter has been killed. Just a few minutes ago he came along to my post looking for someone and was on the way back when a Whiz bang came over. He was hit in the back of the neck and killed instantly. Would you mind telling his people how sorry we all feel about it, as Fred was one of our best NCO's".