John Gunter

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           11179

Unit:                     7th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry

 John was born in St George in 1896 his birth name was registered as William John.  He was the 3rd son of John & Betsey Gunter.  A 6 year old schoolboy in 1901 he was living with his family at Sheepswalk, his father was a Shoe Maker.  Sheepswalk was to be renamed Gunters Hill probably reflecting the number of Gunter families living there.  At the time of the 1911 census we find him living with his parents & siblings at Nibblets Hill, the census records his occupation as a boiler maker.

The 7th Bn. SLI was formed at Taunton 13th September 1914 & after training in various camps in the UK landed at Boulogne  on 24th July 1915. John entered the war theatre (France) on 24 July 1915, whilst fighting at Lagnicourt on 7th June 1917 20 year old John was killed in action.

John is buried & remembered with honour in the small Lagnicourt Hedge Cemetery.

 

 Image by kind permission of CWGC.

John would have been entitled to the 1914-15 Stat, British War Medal & Victory Medal it is not known if these we claimed by his next of Kin.

One of John's elder brothers, Albert served with the 6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. He entered the war theatre on 31st March 1915. On 22nd May of the same year he received a gunshot wound fracturing the skull, this led to his discharge on 25 Feb 1916 being no longer physically fit for war service. He also would have been entitled to the WWI trio of medals affectionately nicknamed Pip, Squeak & Wilfred. BMD records indicate that Albert may have died in 1917, however this is not confirmed by CWGC records.

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.