Sidney Frank Hunt

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: 30 Cherville St., Romsey
Regiment: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent)
Battalion: 6th
Rank / Service No: Private, 241241
Died: 27th March 1918, aged 27 years
Commemorated: Pozieres Memorial, France

 

Sidney was the youngest of 7 siblings born to Alfred and Ellen Hunt (nee Elcock), who married in Romsey in 1874.

 

After Ellen’s early death Alfred remarried, with the result that Sidney had 4 half-siblings.

 

Alfred was born in Alderbury, Wiltshire in 1853…he died in Southampton in 1921.

Ellen was born in Romsey in 1854 and, as mentioned, she passed away prematurely in Romsey in 1893.

 

Alfred married Emma Turner in Romsey in 1898. She was born Emma Banting and she had married Thomas William Turner (d. 1897 Romsey) in Bishop’s Waltham in 1879….they had 3 children.

 

Siblings 

Eleanor Florence   b. 1874 Romsey   d. 1943 Romsey Married William John Olden in Romsey in 1895 (5 children).

Edith Beatrice   b. 1876 Romsey   d. 1941 Romsey   Married Ladbroke Thomas St John Pittman in Romsey in 1897 (no children, adopted 2).

Alfred Samuel   b. 1878 Romsey   d. 1960 Bishop’s Waltham   Married Kate Burton in Fareham in 1900.

Albert EDGAR   b. 1880 Romsey   d. 1922 Romsey

Frederick George   b. 1884 Romsey   d. 1953 Southampton

Constance Eveline   b. 1888 Romsey   d. 1955 Southampton   Married Frederick Thorn in Southampton in 1912.

Sidney Frank

 

Half-brother George Nathaniel   b. 31 July 1881 Romsey d. 1949 New Forest Married Beatrice M. Dibden in Southampton in 1913.

Half-brother Herbert Thoraton   b. 1883 Romsey   d. 1952 Bournemouth Married Catherine L. Johnson in Southampton in 1914.

Half-brother William Reginald   b. 1887 Romsey   d. 1965 Lambeth   Married Eliza P. Barrett in Petersfield in 1915.

Half-sister Dorothy Emma Winifred   b. 1900 Romsey   d. 1974 Southampton Married Harold E. Thomas in Southampton in 1922.

 

 

The 6th Battalion formed at Maidstone on 14 August 1914, as part of the K1, and came under the command of the 37th Brigade in the 12th (Eastern) Division.

They moved initially to Colchester, and then on to Purfleet in September 1914, before going to billets in Hythe.

 

The Battalion moved to Aldershot in February 1915, and landed at Boulogne on 1 June.

 

They fought all over the Western Front, including suffering heavy losses during the Battle of Cambrai in 1917.

 

In March 1918, the battalion was in action at the Battle of Bapaume and this is almost certainly where Sidney lost his life.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd October 2016
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