Hunter – Corporal David Ferguson

28 November 1891 – 14 February 1965

David Hunter was born in Kingseat, Dunfermline and worked at Dean Colliery in the village. After serving in various regiments, in September 1918 he joined the 1/5th Battalion (City of Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry, with whom he was awarded his VC.

On 16th/17th September 1918 at Moeuvres, France, Corporal Hunter was detailed to take on an advanced post which was established in shell holes close to the enemy. There was no opportunity for reconnoitring adjacent ground, and the following afternoon Corporal Hunter found that the enemy had established posts all round him, isolating his command. He determined to hold out and despite being exceedingly short of food and water this NCO managed to maintain his position for over 48 hours until a counter-attack relieved him. He repelled frequent enemy attacks and also barrage from our attacks, which came right across his post.

Following discharge, he returned to his job as a miner. Falling on hard times, he prepared to sell his VC to repair his car but was given a car by a dealer on the understanding he kept his medal!

His medal is at The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum, Glasgow.

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