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10 Dec 1880
Whitwell, Derbyshire
William Huntriss had been born into a successful farming family. In 1881 he was living in Whitwell, Derbyshire being a farmer of 200 acres. In 1883 he married Charlotte Elizabeth Gyles from Elksley, the marriage being registered at Retford. They had three children, all boys, the first being William who was born in 1887 at Whitwell. The family appeared to move from Whitwell as by 1890 a second son, Harold Edward (killed in action 17/7/1915) was born to them while living at East Markham, Nottinghamshire, their residence being Markham Hall. They employed two domestic servants and William senior was living on his own means as he does for the rest of his life. Their third son, Cyril John Huntriss (killed in action 1/7/1916) was born on 21 January 1893 at Bridlington. By 1901, William and Charlotte was living at Highfield House, Lound on their own (except for two servants) as their three boys were all boarders in private schools, William at Penrith, Cumberland and Harold and Cyril both attending at Cambridge House, Flamborough Road, Bridlington. In 1911 William and Charlotte lived in Mattersey Hall, Bawtry and one year later, William died age 63. In 1911, William was a solicitor living alone at 2 Albert Promenade, Halifax. Harold joined the army and was a second Lieutenant in the Bedfordshire Regiment stationed at Maida Barracks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot. Cyril was still at Uppingham School.
23 Oct 1918
417102 - CWGC Website
9th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
William Huntriss initially signed on with the Royal Fusiliers as no. 521 and was promoted to Lance Corporal. He served in France from 14 Nov 1915 (Medal Roll). He later gained a commission as a Lieutenant serving in The Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment). He is recorded as being attached to the Gold Coast Regiment, West African Frontier Force (WAFF). He died on 23rd October 1918 aged 32, less than 3 weeks before the end of the war, presumably from a tropical disease and is buried in the Kumasi European Cemetery grave 17, Ghana (ex Gold Coast)
Research by Colin Dannatt
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