Hunter, Hugh Michael

Son of Robert Lewin Hunter (C, 1865-1870) of Lincoln’s Inn, and Mary Harriet Gertrude Devas Hunter, nee Devas. He was one of four Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Captain Richard Jocelyn Hunter (C, 1899-1905), London Rifle Brigade, fell in 1918 (see individual entry). His other Wykehamist brothers were Robert Cecil Hunter (C1892-1897) and Kenneth Owen Hunter (C1894-1900); another brother, Richard Devas Hunter DSO, did not attend the school. Mike Hunter’s nephew, the son of Richard Devas Hunter, Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Colin Devas Hunter DFC (A1932-1938) was killed in action in September 1944, and Robert Cecil Hunter’s son, Robert Arbuthnott Hunter (C1923-1929) was killed in action in Normandy, the only Wykehamist casualty of D-Day.

Hugh Michael Hunter entered the School from Horris Hill, became a House Prefect and played in Lords and O.T.H. XV: and in 1911 went to University College, Oxford. On the outbreak of war he was gazetted to the 3rd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment, and joined the 2nd Battalion in France in November 1914. In March 1915 the Battalion joined 8th Division in preparation for the attack on the village of Neuve Chapelle on 10th March, the ultimate aim of this attack being to break the German line. The British easily crushed the German resistance and Neuve Chapelle was captured. On 12th March the Germans launched a counter offensive during which the Allies suffered over 11,000 casualties. Hunter suffered a serious injury to the thigh and died in No 7 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne on April 6th 1915 and is buried in grave A.S.53 in the Putney Vale Cemetery in London. He was mentioned in Lord French’s Despatch of May 31st 1915.

In 1930 Hunter Tent was dedicated to his memory and that of his brother Richard. The inscription (as recorded in The Wykehamist 730, June 1930), reads: “This Tent, built in 1930, was given to the School in memory of ROBERT CECIL HUNTER Lords 1896-7, died Nov. 1921 RICHARD JOCELYN HUNTER Lords 12th man 1905, killed in France Aug. 1918 HUGH MICHAEL HUNTER Lords 1910, died of wounds in France April 1915”

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Hunter
  • Forenames or initials: Hugh Michael
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1905-1910
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Wiltshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 20th August 1891
  • Date of Death: 6th April 1915
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D3
  • Decoration: NA