An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Archibald HUNTER

Second Lieutenant, 9th (Service) Battalion,
King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry).

Born 29 May 1899,
Died 7 November 1918, aged 19 years.

Buried in Dourlers Communal Cemetery Extension,
Nord, France, Grave II.C.22.

He was killed just before the War’s end, in a battle for the village of Dourlers (now Doulers) in Northern France. The village had been in German hands for most of the war, but was taken this day by British forces after very heavy fighting. The cemetery extension contains 269 burials or commemorations, 161 British and 108 German. He was the last of the Old Coathamians to be killed during the hostilities of the First World War, just four days before the Armistice.

Archibald Hunter was the son of Archibald and Margaret Jane Hunter. His father was a master grocer and during his school days, Archibald lived at 43, Whitworth Road, Grangetown, although at the time of his death his parents had moved to 62, Alexander Road, Grangetown. His father’s large family (12 children) came from County Durham. Archibald himself had one brother, George, two years his senior. Like Thomas Heathcock (q.v.) Archibald had attended Grangetown Council School and won a North Riding County Council Scholarship to attend Coatham Grammar School. He was admitted in September 1913, aged 14, and stayed until shortly after his 18th birthday, leaving in June 1917. He passed his Cambridge Junior and Senior examinations and from 1915 worked part-time as a pupil teacher at Grangetown Council School. On leaving school he joined the 14th Training Reserve Battalion and became a junior officer.