HUNTER, David Peter Lafayette

Lieutenant Colonel
Unit / Base: 
'45 Commando RM'
40 Commando RM
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
P.O.W. number: 
Monday, November 24, 1919
Died : 
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
Captain David Hunter, Officer Commanding the operational troops of 45 Commando RM in the Cameron Highlands Malaya, was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service from 1st August 1950 onwards [1].
  • 9 January 1961 to 11 January 1963 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2]
World War 2
David Peter Lafayette Hunter served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Marines from 1937.
He was taken prisoner whilst part of the British Expeditionary Force defending Calais in 1940. After several escape attempts he was sent to Colditz until released in1945 [3][3a]
Lt. Hunter received a Mention in Despatches for courage and devotion to duty during the defence of Calais [4]
[1] London Gazette 39215, page 2389.
[1] National Archives file WO373/129/119.
[2] The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C.Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
[3] Prisoners of War / National Archives files ADM201/111 and WO392/7.
[3a] Obituary in the Daily Telegraph 7 September 2001.
[4] London Gazette 37260, page 4528 (11 Sept. 1945)

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