Arthur Cecil Hunt

Date of birth: 1876
Place of birth: Teddington
Service No.: 36445
Rank: Private
Regiment: Worcestershire
Battalion: 10th (Service)
Died: 17th October 1917 aged 43 years
Death location: France

 

Life before the War
Firstly, Arthur was usually called by his second name Cecil.  In addition, some war records show his name as Arthur Cecil-Hunt; this appears to be incorrect.

Cecil was the fourth of six siblings born to Arthur Thomas and Kate Crampton, nee Incledon.  Both parents were from Southampton and they married in the city in 1868.

At the time of the 1911 census Arthur was living with his elder sister Kate in Netley Marsh, both were single.  The rest of the family were living in 55 London Road, Southampton.

Arthur’s 5 siblings were:

Kate Elizabeth Sarah   b.1871 Teddington and d.1944  Southampton.

Ellinor Incledon   b 1872 Teddington and d.1949 New Forest

Mabel Hannah   b.1874 Teddington and d.1956 Droxford.  Married Thomas E Worner in Southampton in 1917.

Ethel Mary   b 1878 Southampton.

Arthur Leonard   b.1885 Southampton and d.1912 Netley Marsh.

Official records show that Cecil married a Louise Annabel, although it has been impossible to track down any record of this union.  Louise appears in New South Wales in 1924, giving herself the moniker of Louise Annabel Cecil-Hunt.  She was definitely alive in 1949, still living in NSW (Warringah).

 

Military service
The 10th Worcestershires were formed in September 1914 at Worcester, as part of the Second New Army (K2).  They moved to Salisbury Plain almost immediately and became part of the 57th Brigade of the 19th Division.

On March 1915 the 10th moved to Tidworth and were mobilised for war on 19th July of that year.  They landed at Boulogne in the third week of July and were engaged in various actions along the Western Front almost immediately.

Cecil almost certainly lost his life during the Battle of Poelcapelle, fought around 9th October.  This battle brought to an end a series of Allied victories although very little ground was made and thousands lost their lives in terrible conditions.  He is buried in the Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, France (Plot 1, Row D, Grave 7).  His wife organised a somewhat strange inscription for his headstone, a passage from Geoffrey Chaucer’s General Prologue from The Canterbury Tales:

“ My husband,  ‘ee was a very parfit gentil knight, god rest his soule.”

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 8th May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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