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L-Corp Frederick Charles Hunt

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L-Corp Frederick Charles Hunt

Birth
Beeston, Broxtowe Borough, Nottinghamshire, England
Death 3 Sep 1916 (aged 25–26)
Burial Beaumont-Hamel, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Plot I. B. 32.
Memorial ID 56382218 View Source
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Frederick Hunt was born in Beeston, Notts in 1890, the sixth child, third son of Edward (b. 1852, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts. d. 1911) and Mary Ann Hunt (b. 1857, Lowdham, Notts née Hallam). In 1901 the family, including Frederick and their other four youngest children, was living at 45 Gladstone Street, Beeston, Notts with Edward working as a shawl maker. By 1911, Edward was a widower and was living with Frederick and two other unmarried working children at 29 Newton Street, Notts. Frederick was then working as a Leivers lace threader. Edward was still working in the shawl trade but died later that year.

As Frederick's Army Service Record has not survived, we do not have a precise record of when he enlisted with the Sherwood Foresters, but it likely to have been around August 1915, becoming part of 17th (Service) Battalion (Welbeck Rangers), formed at Nottingham on 1 June 1915 by the Mayor and a Recruiting Committee. In October of that year, it moved to Aldershot and came under the orders of 117th Brigade, 39th Division, After a further move, to Witley Camp, south of Godalming in Surrey, where training continued, the Battalion landed at Le Havre, France on 7 March 1916.

Ancre British Cemetery, where Lance Corporal Hunt is now buried, is about 2kms south of the village of Beaumont-Hamel, on the D50 between Albert and Achiet-le-Grand. It was created in the spring of 1917 after the German withdrawal from the area and clearance of the battlefield became possible. At that time, the cemetery contained 517 burials but this grew to 2540 Commonwealth casualties, buried or commemorated - of which 1,335, are unidentified - after the Armistice when burials from smaller cemeteries in the area were consolidated. This included burials from Sherwood Cemetery which had contained the graves of 176 officers and men from the United Kingdom, including men of the 17th Sherwood Foresters. It is likely that Lance Corporal Hunt had been buried originally at Sherwood Cemetery. The majority of those buried in the cemetery died on 1 July, 3 September or 13 November 1916. Lance Corporal Hunt was posthumously awarded the British and Victory Medals.

Killed in Action on Sunday, 3th September 1916, age 25. Buried Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France; Grave I B 32

Gravesite Details

Lance Corporal, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Age: 25.

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