He was the only son of Herbert Charles Hunter and Ellen Hunter, of 730 Antrim Road, Belfast. Schooling was at Belfast Royal Academy. The family were of Presbyterian faith.
On 1st March 1938, Hunter joined Northern Bank at Head Office. Transfers followed to Whitehead (1939) and Head Office (1940).
On 15th December 1939, Hunter enlisted into the Royal Artillery and was ‘Called up’ on 13th January 1940 as a Gunner. Promotion followed to Lance Bombardier, Cadet, 2nd Lieutenant (1942) and Captain with Service Number 224892.
He was serving with the Royal Ulster Rifles when he was Killed on Active Service on 11th October 1945 aged 30.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that he was ‘Killed in a motoring accident in Germany on 11th October 1945'. Hunter is buried in the Munster Heath War Cemetery, Germany. Many of the burials are those who died serving with the Army of Occupation following the end of the war.
An obituary and photograph were published by the Belfast Telegraph on 19th October 1945.