Military – Roll Of Honour

THOMAS VICARS HUNTER yr. s. of Henry Charles Vicara Hunter, of Kilbourne Hall, co. Derby, and Abermarlais Park, Llangadock, co. Carmarthen, by his wife, the Hon. Florence Edith Louise, dau. of the 12th Baron Dormer ; b. London, April, 1897; educ. Ladycross Seaford, and Eton, which he left on the outbreak of war, at the age of 17, with a nomination for Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut, in Dec. 1914 ; promoted Lieut., and Capt. in Dec. 1917 ; soon after receiving his commission he broke his leg badly in a motor-bicycle accident, which, blood poisoning setting in, necessitated amputation above the knee, July, 1915 ; on recovery after a long illness, he was given work at the War Office ; in Oct. 1916, he was passed fit for general home service, and rejoined his regiment; he subsequently took a draft of men out to France, but finding that the loss of his leg greatly handicapped him for infantry work, and seeing no chance of getting out to the front, he joined the Royal Flying corps in Feb. 1917 ; obtained his Wings in May, and his Pilot’s certificate; served with the Expeditionary Force, in France and Flanders from the following June, being posted to a fighting squadron, and flying a scout machine; was gazetted Flight Commander in Sept. of the same year; took part in many air tights destroying several enemy machines and sending down others out of control ¦ proceeded with his squadron to Italy in Nov., and was killed In action 5 Dee 1917, and buried at Camazzole, 10 miles from Citadella. One Squadron Commander wrote : ” He was absolutely splendid throughout his time with me, arid I tried hard to obtain for him recognition of his bravery,” and another: He was a tine pilot, and his Flight would have followed him anywhere Your son was a splendid officer, and enormously popular. I never knew anyone keener or more ‘ all out’ than he was. He had got his Flight flying in closer formation than any Might in existence, and we were very proud of it in the squadron.” The Roman Catholic Chaplain attached to British Headquarters who officiated at the funeral, which was arranged by the French in whose lines he fell, wrote : ” I think the French Authorities and the French soldiers generally when they realized that this brave flying officer had only one leg thought they could not do enough to show their admiration, and so the very elaborate public funeral they organized and carried out. Capt. Hunter’s exceptional bravery seems to have appealed to the mind of the French soldiers in a very particular way, for no one knows better than the French soldier what sacrifice is.”

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