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Stanley Hunter was born on the 24th October 1895 at Bolton. His parents were William and Margaret Hunter (nee Southerwood). His father was a pavior working for the council.

Stanley was one of thirteen children but only five children survived beyond infancy namely Harriet (1891), Stanley (1895), Louisa (1898), Maggie (1898) and May (1902).

In the 1911 Census Stanley is shown as residing with his parents at 23, Matthew Street, Bolton, his occupation was shown as a piecer working in the cotton industry.

Stanley enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (number 17088) on the 12th October 1914 at Bolton posted initially to the 3rd Battalion and was later posted to the 11th Battalion on the 21st October 1914. On enlistment he was recorded as being 5’6 tall with brown eyes and brown hair. He had a distinctive tattoo containing his name to his left forearm.

He was transferred back to the 3rd Battalion the depot/training battalion which was based at Felixstowe as part of the Harwich Garrison on the 6th February 1915 and then to the 1st Battalion of the Loyals entering France on the 3rd June 1915. Stanley remained in France until the 21st October 1915 when he was returned to the UK wounded.

His movements and transfers following his wounding in France are not shown on his service record.

On return to the UK he was admitted to the Wharncliffe War Hospital at Sheffield on the 22nd October 1915 having sustained a gun shot wound to the head. Gun shot wound include injuries sustained from all types of guns including artillery.

It appears possible based on the 1st Battalion War Diary that he may have sustained his wound whilst the battalion were in the line between the 8th October and 14th October 1915 near to Loos. During this time the battalion was subjected to heavy shelling and a number of casualties were sustained.

Loos was where the Battalion had suffered heavy losses in the offensive commencing on the 25th September 1915 in which it is possible that Stanley had been involved.

Stanley Hunter was granted home leave from Wharncliffe War Hospital from 25/11/15 to 4/12/15. His address on leave was his parents address at 15, Matthew Street, Bolton where the family appear to have moved to after the 1911 Census.

He was then posted back to the 3rd Battalion on the 13th December 1915.

Stanley Hunter was admitted to the Cliff Military Hospital at Felixstowe on the 16th March 1916 where he remained for 12 days. Whilst there he was operated on to remove shrapnel fragments which were visible by x-ray. These however could not be located during the operation whether these were successfully removed later in life is not known.

On the 5th May 1916 Stanley was transferred to the 2nd (Home Service) Garrison Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment (number 29471) which was formed in Harwich in May 1916.

There he remained until being medically discharged on the 27th September 1916 as being no longer fit for active service. Stanley received an initial weekly pension of 12s 6d in respect of the injuries sustained.

Stanley was later awarded the Silver War Badge (Number 210249) and the 1915 Star, British War and Victory medals for his military service.

He married Elizabeth Derbyshire in 1917 at Bolton and a daughter Ivy Hunter was born in 1922. Stanley Hunter died in 1976 in Bolton aged 81 years.

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