Benjamin Harry Hunt

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 14th
Rank / Service No: Private, 33222
Died: 1st February 1917, aged 20 years
Buried: Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Belgium (Plot V, Row G, Grave 3)

 

Benjamin was the elder of 2 sons born to Henry and Ellen Louisa Hunt (nee Perry), who married in Southampton in 1895.

The family are known to have lived at 22 Cromwell Road, Shirley.

 

Henry, a stonemason by trade, was born in Southampton in 1871 and he died in the city in 1919.

Ellen was born in Wincanton in 1872 and she passed away in the city in 1934.

 

Edward Charles   b. 1899 Southampton   d. 1969 Southampton   Married Cicely H. Figgins in Southampton in 1927.

 

 

The 14th battalion was raised in Portsmouth by the mayor on 3 September 1914. After initial training, the battalion was adopted by the War Office on 30th May 1915.

As part of the 116th Brigade in the 39th Division, the battalion landed at Le Havre on 6 March 1916 and concentrated near Blaringhem.

 

On the 30th June, the battalion was involved in an attack near Richebourg l’Avoue, where a couple of Sussex battalions lost many men.

 

The rest of 1916 saw the battalion fighting on the Ancre, at the Battle of Thiepval Ridge, the Battle of the Ancre Heights and the capture of Schwaben Redoubt and Stuff Trench.

 

William was probably involved in trench warfare around Poperinghe when he met his end. He is buried with 7 of his battalion colleagues who died on the same day.

 

His headstone reads: “ Age 20 years thy will not mine be done O Lord until the dawn. “

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd October 2016
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