William Richard Hunt

Date of birth: December 1890
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Rifle Brigade
Battalion: 10th
Rank / Service No: Lance Corporal, S/9818
Died: 30th November 1917, aged 26 years
Commemorated: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France

 

William was the second of 5 siblings born to George Henry and Rebecca Sophia Hunt (nee Tanner), who married at St. Mary’s Church on 11 March 1888.

 

Rebecca was born in Southampton in 1866; she unfortunately contracted bronchitis, and died on 4 July 1901.

George was born in Freemantle on 22 January 1866 and he died in Southampton in 1957, aged 91 years.

 

Siblings

George Henry   b. 1888 Southampton   d. 26 October 1917 France   Married Elizabeth M. Drewrey in Leyton in 1917. See separate story.

William Richard 

Alfred John   b. 1 February 1893 Southampton   d. ??

Doris May   b. 1896 Southampton   d. 1976 Salisbury   Married William V. Brenton in Southampton in 1922.

Ida Muriel   b. 1900 Southampton   d. ??   Married Michael W. South in Southampton in 1928. Married Albert V. Green in New Forest in 1939.

 

William was working as a Barman in Bethnal Green at the 1911 Census, whilst his siblings were living with their aunt Alice Broomfield and family at 41 Kent Road, St. Denys.

 

William married Edith Francis Westing in London on 5 March 1914. The couple had one daughter…

Sheila Edith   b. 4 April 1915 Islington   d. ??

 

 

The battalion was raised in Winchester in September 1914. After joining the 59th Brigade in the 20th (Light) Division, the battalion landed at Boulogne on 21 July 1915.

 

William perished during the Cambrai Operations. His battalion was in support to two front-line battalions, and all were aware of the number of German aircraft in operation.

 

On 30 November, the Germans broke through the British lines. Severe casualties were suffered when trying to defend the breach and the German aircraft began machine-gunning

the defenders.

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd October 2016
Updated:

 

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