Walter Hunt

Date of birth: 23rd December 1877
Place of birth: Belfast
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Osiris II
Rank / Service No: Able Seaman, 183413
Died: 26th December 1917, aged 40 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Walter was the oldest of 4 siblings born to Benjamin and Clara Jane Hunt, who married in Belfast in 1876.


Both parents were born in Belfast, Benjamin in 1846 and Clara in 1857.

Benjamin passed away in 1890, in Chilcomb near Winchester. Clara then married Henry Miles in Winchester in 1894.



Benjamin Joseph   b. 1879 Antrim   d. 1955 Southampton   Married Edith Hannah Bullamore in Winchester in 1900.

John   b. 1881 Easton, Winchester   d. ??

Mary Harriet   b. 1886 Winchester   d. ??   Married William George Burton in Winchester in 1907.


Walter, his mother and sister were staying with the Hunt family at 18 Sydney Road, Shirley at the 1911 Census.


Walter, a blacksmith’s apprentice, attested on 20 April 1895. He married Florence Annie Forder in Portswood in 1912, and the couple had one son….


John Walter   b. 1913 Southampton   d. 1992 Southampton.


Florence was born in Stockbridge in 1889. After Walter’s death, she married Reginald S. King in Southampton in 1919.

Florence passed away in the city in 1941.


Very little is known about the circumstances of Walter’s death, although it appears he accidentally drowned and his body was never recovered.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd October 2016


If you have any additional comments on the person named above, please complete the comments section below.