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  • Grave in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France.
Person Details
Beeston, Nottingham
Frederick was the youngest son of Edward and Mary Ann Hunt (née Hallam). His father Edward Hunt was born in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1852 and his mother Mary Ann Hallam in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, in about 1857. They were married at Beeston St John the Baptist on 28 September 1874 and had at least seven children, one of whom, Ellen, died when a young adult. All the chldren were born in Beeston: Henry b. 1874 bap. St John the Baptist 21 December 1874; Ellen b. 5 May 1877 bap. St John 13 August 1877 d. 1899; Annie b. 19 September 1879 bap. St John 19 July 1882; Florence b. 3 March 1882 bap. St John 19 July 1882; John (Jack) b. 25 January 1886 bap. St John 27 July 1887; Frederick birth registered 1891 (J/F/M) bap. 29 March 1891 and Elsie b. 1896. In 1881, Edward (29) a lace maker, and Mary (24) a lace mender, were living on Wollaton Road, Beeston with their children Henry (6), Ellen (3) and Annie (1). When John, who was born in 1886, was baptised in 1887 the family was living on Chapel Street, Beeston, and it was still their address in 1891. Edward was now working as a Shetland shawl maker. Of their six children - Henry, Ellen, Annie, Florence (9), John (5) and Frederick (under 1 year) - two were in work, Henry as a lace threader and Ellen as a hooker lace. Their youngest child Elsie was born five years later and Ellen died in 1899 aged about 22. By 1901 Edward and Mary had moved to 45 Gladstone Street, Beeston, where they lived with five of their six surviving children: Annie and Florence who were lace menders, John a lace machine threader, Frederick and Elsie (4). The eldest son Henry had married Mary Odams at Sneinton St Luke on 25 February 1899 and was living with his wife at 15 Gladstone Street. Mary Ann Hunt probably died in 1905 aged about 49 and in 1911 her husabnd was living at 29 Newton Street, Basford, with three of his children, Annie a lace curtain mender, Fred a Leivers threader and Elsie a shop assistant. Henry and his wife were living on Harcourt Street, Beeston with their children Helen, Beatrice, Hilda and Sidney; they probably had another daughter, Dorothy, in 1912. John and Florence have not yet been traced on the 1911 Census. Edward probably died in 1911 (J/A/S Basford). Frederick's five surviving siblings placed a notice of his death in the local paper in 1917 when his death was confirmed. Annie included the name of her husband, George (Wright), whom she had married on 10 February 1812 at Beeston St John the Baptist. Frederick's five siblings were named on the Registers of Soldiers' Effects as his legatees: Henry, John who had already emigrated to America by 1917 and may have been drafted, Annie [Wright], Florence who was married (surname illegible) and Elsie who was living in America in 1917 and who had also married (surname illegible). Frederick's brother-in-law, George Wright, probably served in the war, attesting in July 1915 and mobilized on 26 July 1916 from the Army Reserve. He served in the Royal Field Artillery (640608 Gunner) and was demobilized in January 1919. It seems likely that he and Annie and their children emigrated to America.
In 1911 he was a Leivers threader.
03 Sep 1916
25
2853755 - CWGC Website
28068
Residence Beeston, enlisted Nottingham
Lance Corporal
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Frederick Hunt served in the 17th Bn Sherwood Foresters. He was reported missing in action on 3 September 1916 but his death was not confirmed until August the following year. He is buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France (grave ref. I.B.32). The cemetery was not created until 1917 so Frederick's body may either have been reinterred then or after the Armistice when the cemetery was enlarged. CWGC - Ancre British Cemetery (extract): 'The village of Beaumont-Hamel was attacked on 1 July 1916 by the 29th Division, with the 4th on its left and the 36th (Ulster) on its right, but without success. On 3 September a further attack was delivered between Hamel and Beaumont-Hamel and on 13 and 14 November, the 51st (Highland), 63rd (Royal Naval), 39th and 19th (Western) Divisions finally succeeded in capturing Beaumont-Hamel, Beaucourt-sur-Ancre and St. Pierre-Divion. Following the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in the spring of 1917, V Corps cleared this battlefield and created a number of cemeteries, of which Ancre British Cemetery (then called Ancre River No.1 British Cemetery, V Corps Cemetery No.26) was one. There were originally 517 burials almost all of the 63rd (Naval) and 36th Divisions, but after the Armistice the cemetery was greatly enlarged when many more graves from the same battlefields and from the following smaller burial grounds [listed and including] ... Sherwood Cemetery (V Corps Cemetery No.20) ... It contained the graves of 176 officers and men from the United Kingdom, belonging chiefly to the 36th and Royal Naval Divisions, the 17th Sherwood Foresters and the 17th King's Royal Rifles.'
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 1 September 1917: ‘Hunt. Missing September 3rd, 1916, now reported killed, Lance-Corporal Frederick Hunt, Sherwood Foresters, aged 26. Loved by all. A noble life laid down. From all his sorrowing sisters and brothers, Annie and George [Wright], Henry, Jack (America), Florrie and Elsie (Canada). (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his legatees were his five siblings Henry, John, Annie, Florence and Elsie.
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    Frederick Hunt - Grave in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France.
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    Frederick Hunt - Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel (www.cwgc.org)