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Poignant Spiritual Homecoming for a World War One Veteran – After 101 Years

Source: Northern Beaches Council
Archived 5 Jan 2019 - Posted: 6 Nov 2018
The name of an Australian-born World War One soldier, Roy Hunter, is to be inscribed on the Manly War Memorial - 101 years after his death at Passchendaele, Belgium, during the tragic Third Battle of Ypres of October 1917.

Roy’s name will be the 485th to be inscribed and blessed on the memorial.

Astoundingly, Roy was one of seven Hunter brothers, all of Manly, who two took part either in the Second Boer War or else who fought in World War One.

Of the six Hunter brothers who joined up in World War One, three enlisted in the Australian army, while the other three enlisted in the New Zealand army – including Roy.

Roy was the youngest of the Hunter boys. During World War One, three of his brothers (Charles, Arthur and Sidney) were seriously wounded – but unlike Roy, they survived.

Their mother, Emma, who lived on Pittwater Road, Manly, passed away in 1935. Their father, William, died before World War One.

Roy Hunter’s name is listed in both the Hall of Memories of the Auckland War Memorial and on the Commemorative Roll in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Northern Beaches Mayor, Michael Regan said the dedication and blessing ceremony for Roy will undoubtedly be a moving highlight of this year’s Northern Beaches Council’s 2018 Remembrance Day Service

 “This touching service of thanks and commemoration will be the culmination of an especially poignant time of remembrance – and spiritual ‘homecoming’ - for Roy’s descendants, with several members of his family in attendance,” said Mayor Regan.

The service will start at 10.45am, Sunday, 11 November at the Manly War Memorial, corner of The Corso and Belgrave Street, Manly, directly opposite Manly Ferry Wharf.

The public is welcome to attend and lay a wreath at the service.

This article archived 5 Jan 2019

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