Chapman Valley History

John Joseph Bunter

5681, Private John Joseph BUNTER
Unit: 16th Battalion, 18th Reinforcements, AIF

Where Born: Geraldton, WA
School: Moonyoonooka State School, via Geraldton, Western Australia
Address: Mount Erin, via Geraldton
Occupation: Farmhand
Religion: Church of England
Marital status: Single
Parents: William and Jane Bunter, Night Cap Hill, Mount Erin, via Geraldton
Description: Height 5’ 8”; weight 138 lbs; chest 31/34½”; ruddy complexion; grey eyes; auburn hair

War Service: John, (Jack) enlisted along with his brother Charles, 18 Jan 1916 at Blackboy Hill, WA, aged 26 years 3 months. They embarked 18 Jul 1916 per HMAT Seang Bee from Fremantle, WA and disembarked at Plymouth, England 09 Sep 1916. The brothers marched in to the 4th Training Battalion at Rollestone, England the next day. Jack and Charles proceeded to France 14 Oct 1916 joining their battalion 10 days later at Etaples. On 05 Mar 1917, Jack was admitted to hospital with scabies. He rejoined his battalion 21 Mar 1917 and on 11 Apr 1917, he received shrapnel wounds to his right eye in the First Battle of Bullecourt and on 17 Apr 1917 was admitted to Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, England. Jack went on private furlough 21 Jun 1917 and then was discharged to Perham Downs, Salisbury, England, before marching in from furlough 11 Jul 1917. He rejoined his battalion in France 15 Aug 1917.
Killed in Action: 26 Sep 1917 at Zonnebeke, Belgium, aged 28 years in the attack of Polygon Wood on the Western Front.
Cemetery: Hooge Crater Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Connections: Brother, 5680, Charles Henry Bunter, 16th Battalion,18th
Reinforcements, AIF. Charles was wounded and taken Prisoner of War 10 Apr 1917 and returned to Australia 13 Dec 1918.