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  • This photo of George Hunt was first published in the Retford Times newspaper on 24/09/15
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Eagle, Lincolnshire
Two brothers who fell in the Great War were William and George Hunt of Bothamsall. Their parents were Harry and Elizabeth Margaret Hunt, nee Smith. The parents had married in 1888 at Eagle, Lincolnshire, the home where Harry had been born and bred and learnt his agricultural worker skills. It was also where William and George were born, William in 1892 and George in 1895. By around 1898/9, the family moved to Bothamsall and now consisted of five children, Rosie, Frances and Harry being the other three. After ten years of living in Bothamsall, 16 year old George was working as a farm labourer, whilst 19 year old older brother, William had left the family home and was living as a boarder and working as a horseman on a farm at Grove, Retford.
09 Aug 1915
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692217 - CWGC Website
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6th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
An article in the Retford Times reads; - Pte George Hunt Retford Times 24/09/15 Bothamsall Soldier Killed The sad news has been received at Bothamsall of the death of Prive George Hunt ' C' Company, 6th Battalion Lincs Regiment, 33rd brigade, 11th Division, British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, whose photograph we reproduce above. he was the son of Mr and mrs Henry Hunt , Bothamsall. They have another son William serving in the same Regiment but have not heard from him for over a month. Mr Hunt is employed by Mr W I Peek farmer Bothamsall. The two brothers writing home in the early days of last month stated that they were in the camp on a field of maize, beans and kidney beans , and close to the sea, in which they could bathe at any time. They could hear the roaring of the guns. private William Hunt , writing under date August 9th says:- " I have not seen George since last Friday. I am under heavy fire at the present time, but we are all merry and bright, and especially pleased to know of the good our regiment has done. It has got its name here but we had very heavy losses. It is awful to think you have lost so many of your pals. I must thank God I have been spared so far, and I think I shall be. We took over 500 prisoners up to the 9th. I think the enemy must have lost heavily as well as us. They have had the advantage of us through us having to advance. We have got one and a half miles from the sea. it is not trench fighting here . It is a very hilly part. Some of the corn fields are cut for leaching. Some of it was stood , but has got trodden down and will be no good at all. We have seen no rain since we left England. It is so dry the shells set the stuff on fire. " Writing on August 14th private Hunt says:- " I can find no trace of George . I am sorry to say his name is down as missing. The last seen of him was August 9th. He was left by the sergeant to to bandage of one George's pals who was wounded. He might have been shot while so engaged and got into the hands of the enemy. I wish I could get to know what has become of him. it would ease my mind, I miss him so much. There was hardly a day passed but when we were together. I do hope he has not killed. There are several more who cannot be found. There are about 300 out of the regiment left, so you can guess what it has been like. The worst part is now over. We have made a successful landing. " A day later William stated that George had been reported killed. Since writing the above we hear that William was badly wounded in the face on September 7th, and is now in St Patricks Hospital, Tal Balal, Malta.
CWG additional information:- Son of Harry and Elizabeth Margaret Hunt, of 6, Bothamsall, Retford, Notts
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  • This photo of George Hunt was first published in the Retford Times newspaper on 24/09/15
    George Hunt - This photo of George Hunt was first published in the Retford Times newspaper on 24/09/15