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Name: Thomas William HUNTER
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: T W Service No.: 2123
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 20
Unit: 1st/9th Bn Durham Light Infantry (Territorial Force)
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 12 Beech Grove Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: As a result of wounds received in action during May 1915.
Date of Death: Thursday 5th October 1916
Place of Death: At home.
Battle/Campaign:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: His remains lie in St John's Churchyard, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Thomas was finally commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in October 2002 and a war patterned headstone was erected by his grave.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 14th October 1916.
Family Details:
Son of John and the late Isabella Hunter of 12 Beech Grove Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Thomas was blind, disabled and housebound due to severe wounds he received in action whilst serving at the front. His death certificate signed by Dr J.A. Sacco, of Crawcrook, and in the presence of Thomas's brother in law, J Graham, of Clara Vale, states that the cause of death was epilepsy, following brain injury received at war. It was recorded in a local paper on 29th January 1916 that a Soldier's Benefit / smoking concert was held at the Lambs Arms Inn, Crawcrook, on a Saturday evening for the benefit of Pte T Hunter, who was disabled. An excellent miscellaneous programme was contributed by various artists. Thomas was finally commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in October 2002 and a war patterned headstone erected in his memory. His name was also added to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Register of burials in the Parish of Greenside, Tyne and Wear Archives Service.
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