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Private John Gunter

Ancestor Details

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.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Alex Reichel, OYSTER BAY NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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