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Hunter, John Hardwicke Cuthbert

A correspondent writes: Wing Commander John H.C. Hunter, who died in Ceylon in August, was well known to amateur wireless enthusiasts throughout the world. Born in 1913, he was educated at Wellington and at King’ s College, London, and while at school took up, as a hobby, that work in his career and war service were to lie. After leaving King’ s College he entered the service of the B.B.C. and held the post of station engineer. In February, 1939, he joined the RAFVR, and was called up shortly before the outbreak of war. After a period as duty signals officer he was transferred to Fighter Command, where part of his work was the improvement of wireless communication in fighter aircraft for which he was mentioned in despatches. Later he was posted to the Telecommunications Branch of the Air Ministry, with the rank of Squadron Leader. Having been promoted wing commander, he was posted in November, 1943, to the staff of the South East Asia Command, on which he was serving at the time of his death. Hunter was a prominent member of the Radio Society of Great Britain and of other amateur radio associations. An exceptionally open and cheerful disposition made for him, within as well as outside those bodies, a large circle of friends and acquaintances who found much enjoyment in his company at his home, at international gatherings in England and abroad, and as a travelling companion: they will miss him greatly. He married in 1938, Iris, daughter of the late Albert Cathles, of Blackheath and had a son and daughter. The Times 29/09/1945


First name(s)John Hardwicke Cuthbert
Date of birth28 July 1913
Family details

Son of John Charles Gordon and Evelyn Mary Hunter; husband of Iris Ada Hunter. Home address, Hunstanton, Norfolk

Previous educationWellington College
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1930-1934
Dept / courseFaculty of Engineering

B.Sc. Lond.

Military unitRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Date enlisted1939
Service number72862
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Decorations / medalsMentioned in Despatches
Date of death18/08/1945
Age at death32
Rank at deathWing Commander
Place of deathCeylon
Cause of deathDied on active service
Burial placeKandy War Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel

King’ s College London Archives, Commonwealth War Graves Commission; The Times

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