Friday, 15 May 2020

Fred Hunter (1887 - 1916) - Crookes (Sheffield)

I have just received this photograph of a memorial in Crookes Cemetery (Sheffield) from a reader of my website. The grave belongs to the HUNTER family and is located in the far corner of the cemetery in section HH


This is the grave record from the excellent Sheffield Indexers site

HUNTER, Elizabeth (Widow, age 86).
     Died at 68 Bradley Street; Buried on January 27, 1933 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 4064, Section HH of Crookes Cemetery, Sheffield.
     Plot Owner: ~ ~ of ~. Page No 239

HUNTER, William (Labourer, age 68).
     Died at 204 Stannington View Road; Buried on July 14, 1916 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 4064, Section HH of Crookes Cemetery, Sheffield.
     Plot Owner: ~ ~ of ~. Page No 53

It is a splendid memorial although the inscription is now difficult to read.

But this is a transcription of the memorial from my site

HUNTER. In loving memory of William, the dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth Hunter, who died July 9th 1916, aged 68 years.
"At rest."
Also of our dear brother Fred, dearly beloved and youngest son of the above, who fell in action in France, Sept 25th 1916, in his 29th year.
"He nobly answered duties call, his life he gave for one and all."
Also the above named Elizabeth Hunter, who died Jan 23rd 1933, aged 86 years.
"Re-united".
Also Kate, the beloved daughter of the above, died Feb 16th 1962, aged 82 years.
"At rest."
[Fred Hunter appears identical with Private, 21376, 10th Bn., King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died Tuesday 26th September 1916, age 29. Youngest son of Elizabeth Hunter, of 204 Stannington View Rd, Crookes, Sheffield, and the late William Hunter. Memorial Pier & Face 11C & 12A, Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.]

As the reader of my article remarked at least William died just before his youngest son did in 1916, and was spared the grief and sorrow that would have accompanied the notice of death. Fred's body was never recovered from the battlefield and so like over 73,000 other fatalities he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. And also in Crookes Cemetery







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