George Rufus Hunter

Aug 12, 1894

Born in Gooderham, Ontario to John James and Alice (nee Dixon) Hunter


Jan 17, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion CEF in Gooderham, Ontario 

Ø      Number 726076

Ø      Next of kin given as Alice Hunter, mother, Gooderham, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Mill Hand

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp, west of Bramshott


Aug 16. 1916

The battalion moved to Bramshott to continue training


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 917 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Hunter joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay and assigned to “A” Company


Nov 23, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 9, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 17, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Mar 6, 1918

During a trench raid carried out by the battalion near Lens, France, Private Hunter received a shrapnel wound to his head and was evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  He was transported the same day to the No. 4 CFA for further treatment.


Mar 10, 1918

Discharged to duty from the No. 4 CFA


May 29, 1918

Attached to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps for duty


Jun 8, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the machine gun corps


Jun 23, 1918

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Division Train for duty


Jul 26, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the divisional train


Aug 6, 1918

Private Hunter was killed while moving forward to the front lines when an enemy artillery shell exploded in an ammunition dump that his company was passing. 


From the 21st Battalion War Diary



He was instantly killed with several other members of his company, and buried in the Longueau British Cemetery

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Alice Hunter, Gooderham, Ontario


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