Francis John Hunter, RGA

1896 Jun 30. Born Hastings, Sussex

1901 census at 7, Claremont, Hastings Holy Trinity, Hastings

1911 census at 2 Hangleton Road, Hangleton, Portslade, Hove, Sussex

1915 Mar 16 Landed in France

1918 Jun 16 Commissioned

1919 Dec 17, RGA. The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts. to be temp. Lts. : — F. J. Hunter.

1920 May 5. FJ Hunter relinquishes his commission in RGA

1920 Nov 1. Joined ADRIC with service no 927. Posted to H Coy

1921 Mar 26. A temporary barracks at 12 Denny St, under his command, was believed to be under attack, Hunter opened up with a Lewis gun in the dark rom the Technical School, and 1 man, McCarthy was dead at the end of the firing

1921 Apr 7. Posted to Q Coy

1921 Apr 13. Posted to H Coy

1921 Apr 25, Appointed CQM (graded Section Leader)

1921 Nov 26. Reverted to T/Cadet on relinquishing CQM position

1922 Jan 14. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1924 Oct 18. Departs for Rangoon . A Schoolmaster of Chilworth Manor, Surrey. He ran a girls school in Mandalay before moving to Canada

1931 Canada. St. George's School for boys is one of the largest and most respected independent schools in Canada. Located on West 29th Avenue in Vancouver, the school was founded by a flamboyant English gentleman, Captain F. J. Danby Hunter, in 1931. Despite the economic depression, Hunter managed to attract investors and incorporate his school as a private company. The school opened on 7 January 1931. Captain F. J. Danby Hunter opened St. George's School with 35 students and 6 teachers. Hunter was, however, an indifferent teacher and a poor financial manager. Relations with his staff and his Board of Governors soured and in March 1933 he resigned and returned to England. He left ‘under a cloud’ – being fond of ‘sherry and the ladies’.

1933 Arrives in UK from New York. A Schoolmaster, of Approach Rd, Cliftonville, Kent . Travels 3rd class

1933 Apr/Jun Marries in Thanet, Kent to Dorothy Davis

1939 Register. Still living as Francis J Danby-Hunter , divorced schoolmaster at Oakley Hall School Somerford Road , Cirencester . It notes he is in reserve of officers and is a special constable

Served in WW2 as F. J. DANBY-HUNTER (35936). eventually emerging as a Major

1942 Married to Phoebe D Shepherd in Bromley, Kent in Apr/Jun

1950 He became headaster of Wolstonbury College, Danny House Brighton. The prospectus listed six Governors, all Brighton residents, along with 25 men ‘kindly’ willing to vouchsafe for the new, married, headmaster, Major F.J. Danby-Hunter B.Sc. – among them a baronet, an admiral, ten senior army officers (two in Weapons Research), a police superintendent in Burma, a professor in British Columbia, the Reverend Oakshott in Chile and Carl Spitzer in Ohio. He very soon left the school

1953 Oct Writes a letter to the papers

He continues as a luminary in the Scout Movement until about 1959, when all references to him stop.

1964 Jul/Sep Died Hastings aged 68. as Francis J Danby-Hunter