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Roll of Honour

Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Hunter, John Eden

1, Sheriff Street, West Hartlepool
West Hartlepool

Lost on the Boarding Vessel HMS Char (formerly the N.E.R. steam tug Stranton).

The following information has been compiled by 'Heroism & Heartbreak' Project Voulnteer Susan Scott:
John Eden Hunter was born in West Hartlepool on 16 April 1889 and Christened 1st May, 1889 at St. James Church, West Hartlepool.

He was one of five surviving children from a total of six to John Samuel Hunter, a seaman from Exmouth, Devon, and Mary Frances Harrison of Hartlepool, daughter of Eden Harrison a Hartlepool pilot. In 1901 John’s father’s occupation was a dock pilot and in 1911 he was listed as a railway gateman. John was listed as a tug boat assistant.

In 1911 John married Rose Minnie Williams from Leeds, Yorkshire. They had a daughter Frances Evelyn Hunter born 31st  January, 1912, but sadly she died on September 30th, 1913. They then had another daughter Doris Aisne who was stated to be only a month old when her father died. They lived at 106, Sheriff Street, West Hartlepool.

In 1916 Rose had joined the National Union of Railwaymen as a carriage cleaner.


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