The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A W Hunt


Private Arthur William HUNT, G/1112, 6th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed on or after 6th March  1916.

Born Bristol, Gloucestershire, son of George &  Florence Lavinia Hunt, 3 Dartmouth Road, Rotherhithe / 295 Rotherhithe New Road, Rotherhithe, SE.

23rd June 1887, St Mary, Redcliffe, Bristol, baptism of Athur William Hunt, son of George, (striker), &  Florence Lavinia Hunt, 6 Colston Street.

1911 Census - 54 Bush Road, Rotherhithe, SE - George Hunt, head, age 53, married, blacksmiths striker, worker, born Bristol, Somerset; Florance Hunt, wife, age 54, married 30 years, 7 children, 4 still alive, born Bristol, Gloucester; Arthur William Hunt, son, age 23, single, tailors trimmer, worker, born Bristol, Somerset; Florance Mabel Hunt, daughter, age 18, single, gumming, book binders, worker, born Bristol, Somerset.

Enlisted Deptford, Kent, age 23 years & 90 days, height 5ft 6 inches, weight 130lbs, fair complexion, grey eyes, brown hair. Formerly stevedore.

Home, 3rd September 1914 to 2nd August 1915; BEF, 3rd August 1915 to 6th March  1916.

3rd September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 6th September 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th October 1914, posted 9th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st April 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 7th May 1915, Chatham, absent from Tattoo until 9.30pm 10th May, 7 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 4 days pay; 3rd August 1915, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd August 1915, embarked; 2nd September 1915, joined Battalion, In the Field; 14th November 1915, 14 days Field Punishment No.2; 6th March 1916, posted wounded & missing.

Soldier's Will leaves entire estate to sister, Mrs Kathleen Emma Dorey, (nee Hunt), St Marys Hotel, Chepstow, Monmouth.

16th September 1920, Infantry Records memo to War Office - "Reference W.O. Letter 3/358610/4 dated 14th September 1920, regarding disposal of medals awarded to the late soldier above named, the 1914-15 Star was dispatched to Mr Sidney T Hunt, 79 Ridsdale Road, Annerley, SE20 on 29th July 1920, in accordance with instructions  contained in Effects Form 118A No.E/358610/4  dated 13th March 1920. As all decorations are now to be held in custody for Miss Kathleen Hunt, can instructions be issued as to whether the 1914-15 Star should be recalled from Mr S T Hunt?"

11th October 1920, War Office Memo to Infantry Records - "With reference to your memorandum No.R.W.K.1/4144 of the 16th ultimo, I am directed to inform you that since War Office Effects Form 118A No.E/358610/4  dated 13th March 1920 was issued, a Will has been found in which the lat No.1112 Private A W Hunt, Royal West Kent Regiment, dispose of the whole of his estate to his sister, Miss Kathleen Hunt, and a friend. I am to state, therefore, that any medals awarded in respect of the late soldier's services, become the property of the nearer kin of those mentioned in the Will, who in this case, is the sister of the late soldier, Miss Kathleen Hunt. I am to request, therefore, that you will inform Mr S T Hunt accordingly, and steps should be taken to recover the 1914-15 Star, after which the instructions, contained in War Office memorandum No. E/358610/4 dated 14th September 1920, should be complied with." 

15th October 1920, letter to Brother, . - "With reference to copy of War Office Instructions attached, will you kindly return the 1914-15 Star awarded to the late soldier, above named which was forwarded to you on 29th July last. Prepaid Registered Cover enclosed to return."

26th October 1920, medal returned.

Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Panel 95 to 97, France.

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