Tipton

Remembers

Private 16325 Frederick Somerton Gunter


Killed in Action on Saturday, 25th September 1915, age 20.
Commemorated on Panel 50 to 52 of Loos Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

9th Bn., Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 58th Brigade of 19th Division.

Son of Michael Gunter, of 43 Bell Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Rhydyfelyn, Glam., Enlisted: Pontypridd, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 19th July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Pontypridd War Memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on Commonwealth War Graves site.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1764379/


Genealogical Data

Birth of Frederick Somerton Gunter registered March quarter 1896 at Pontypridd.

1901 Census
20 Saron Street, Treforest, Pontypridd, Glamorgan.
Michael Gunter (39, Blacksmith's Striker, born Treforest, Glamorgan), his wife Elizabeth (31, born Clevedon), and their 6 children: Mabel E. (7, born Rhydfelon), John R. (6, born Rhydfelon), Frederick S. (5, born Rhydfelon), Beatrice A. (4, born Rhydfelon), Gilbert (2, born Rhydfelon), and Eva M. (8 months, born Treforest).

1911 Census
20 Saron Street, Treforest, Pontypridd, Glamorgan.
Michael Gunter (49, Blacksmith's Striker, born Treforest, Glamorgan), his wife Elizabeth (42, born Clevedon), and their 8 surviving children of 9: Mabel (17, born Rhydfelon), John Rees (16, Chemist's Apprentice, born Rhydfelon), Frederick (14, Colliery Lamp Carrier, born Rhydfelon), Beatrice (14, born Rhydfelon), Gilbert (12, School, born Rhydfelon), Eva Mary (10, School, born Treforest), William (9, School, born Treforest), and James (6, School, born Treforest).


Personal Data

It seems that Frederick Gunter never lived in Tipton. He was born in Pontypridd in 1896, was living there in 1911, and enlisted there in 1914. Frederick's father, Michael, was living in Tipton by the time of the CWGC was requesting information from the next of kin, when he gave his address as Bell Street, Tipton. Frederick is recorded on the Pontypridd Roll of Honour. Frederick's body was never recovered, and he is reported as "Presumed Dead 25th September 1915".


Action resulting in his death

In support of the main Battle of Loos, the 19th Division launched a diversionary attack north of the La Bassee canal, about a mile north of Givenchy; this is known as 'the Action at Pietre'. The attack commenced at 6.30am, but after an initial advance of 200 yards aided by thick smoke, the Fusiliers were met by German fire. This forced them back, and by noon the attack had been abandoned with 250 casualties for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

This action on 25th September 1915 was the first offensive action by the 9th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and 98 men were killed. Frederick, like the majority of his comrades killed on this day, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.


Newspaper Cuttings

None.