Captain Richard Tod Hunter

Service Number 182125


World War 2



Aged 23
Buried at Castiglione South African Cemetery, Italy. I, D, 7
Son of James Charles and Sheila Landale Hunter, of Kilbarchan Renfrewshire
Captain Hunter, 1st Battalion, The Scots Guards, was born on 31st December 1920, and at Loretto from September 1934 to July 1939. He was a House Prefect, in the VI Form, a Prizeman, and a Corporal in the O.T.C. after being posted successively to a H.L.I. Battalion and the K.O.Y.L.I. and going to an O.C.T.U. in North Wales, he was commissioned into the Scots Guards and a short time later attached to the 1st Battalion. In March 1943, his training completed, he went overseas and took part in the North Africa campaign. He was severely wounded near Medjez, but after four months in hospital, while still far from fit, applied for fresh employment, and was given a staff captaincy in A Force in which he did special secret and dangerous work. He was at the landing at Salerno on the second day and was stationed at H.Q. in Sicily and Italy for a year. In September 1944 he rejoined his Battalion on the Prato-Bologna road and two days later led his company in a bayonet charge which captured a position on a mountain ridge. On 1st October he was killed while leading his men in a second successful charge. Captain Hunter is buried in the South African 6th Armoured Divisional cemetery at Castiglione del Popoli.


Country Location Name of Memorial Campaign Names Date(s)
Scotland Below the organ screen Loretto School Chapel Linkfield Rd Musselburgh City Of Edinburgh Lothian EH21 7RE Loretto School WW2 Memorial World War 2
Richard Hunter 1-10-1944 View

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