The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Private John Gunter|
Name of ancestor: John Cornelius Gunter
Ancestor's date of birth: 1872
Ancestor's date of death: 1956
Cause of Death: Old Age (?)
Service and Life Before the Boer War: Horse breaker, Labourer
Service Number: 363
Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Sydney
Unit: A Company, New South Wales Imperial Bushmen
Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1900
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.
Murray Page: 92
Contingent: Fourth New South Wales
Ship: Armenian, Date of Sailing: 23/04/1900
Memorial details: Detail not provided.
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with five clasps, and the South Africa 1901 clasps.
Personal Characteristics: Bit of a larrikan
Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.
Details of service in war: May 1900 - May 1901 in Rhodesia and west Transvaal including capture of de la Rey's convoy and guns at Wildfontein (24 March 1901). He was apparently a cook for his unit. The poem "Bully Beef and Biscuits" was written in praise Jack Gunter.
Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 17 July 1901 on Orient. No further details provided.
Name of Descendant: Alex Reichel, OYSTER BAY NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson