Frank Hunt

Surname: Hunt
Other names: Frank
Other people in this story:
James Martin Hunt
Elizabeth Hunt (nee March)
Annie Agnes Dunkley
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Fulham, London
Putney, London
France & Flanders
Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Arras Memorial, France

Story:
Frank Hunt was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 4 Oct 1874 the son of James Martin Hunt and Elizabeth Hunt (nee March).   The family lived in Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury where Frank's father was a grocer.  His father died in 1886 and his mother continued with the business until her retirement just prior to 1911 when she moved to Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   By 1901 Frank had moved to 48 Willoughby Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, where he was boarding out and working as a Plasterer's Improver.  He married Annie Agnes Dunkley at Fulham Registry Office on 7 Oct 1903 and they went on to have six children.  By 1915 he had moved with his family to 19 Quill Lane, Putney, London.  He enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 but was not mobilized until 18 Aug 1916 when he joined  the 3rd Battalion of The Buffs (East Kent) Regiment as a Private. (Service No. G/12104).   He served in France and Flanders with the 1st Battalion.  Whilst there he had received gunshot wounds on 28 Feb 1918 and admitted to the 16th Field Ambulance following which he was returned to duty on 10 Mar 1918.  He went missing, presumed dead, on 21 Mar 1918.  His wife wrote to his unit (the letter was received on 2 Apr 1918) asking for news of her husband as she was concerned.  There is no copy of any reply which would have certainly confirmed his loss in the field.   He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and, in due time, his wife received a Memorial Bronze Plaque on 19 Mar 1920.  His wife and family were awarded a pension of £2. 2s. 1d. (£2.10) per week.   He is remembered on the Arras Memorial at Faubourg-D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France.

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