John HUNTER

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HUNTER, John

Service Number: 3504
Enlisted: 25 October 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Jimboomba, Queensland, August 1889
Home Town: Nanango, South Burnett, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Timber getter
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 26 September 1917
Cemetery: Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Nanango War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

25 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3504, Brisbane, Queensland
24 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3504, 49th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3504, 49th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ayrshire, Sydney
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3504, 49th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

Logan Village Museum

John wasborn 24th August 1889 in Jimboomba Queensland to John Henry and Emily Mary nee Trace.
He died 26th September 19176 at Polygon Wood and is remembered there in the New British Cemetery.
He is a descendant of the Pioneer family "Trace" of the area.
His brother James "Jim" also served Number 3487a.
Any further information would be greatly appreciated.

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...3504 Private (Pte) John Hunter, 9th Reinforcements, 49th Battalion, of Nanango, Qld. A timber -getter prior to enlistment, Pte Hunter embarked from Sydney on HMAT Ayrshire on 24 January 1917. He was killed in action at Ypres on 26 September 1917. The bodies of five Australian soldiers were discovered in 2006 during a pipeline excavation near Westhoek, Belgium. The Australian Government and Australian Army History Unit worked with Belgian authorities to identify the remains. Two of the soldiers - 1868 Sergeant George Calder, 51st Battalion, and Private John Hunter were identified in 2007 through DNA analysis. A third soldier, 2488 Private George Richard Storey, was identified from further DNA testing in 2008. All five were interred at Buttes New British Military Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Belgium." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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