Hunt Memorial Details


The following information will be found on the new Memorial:

Frederick William Hunt was born on the 22nd December 1880 son of the Reverend William Cornish Hunt and Jane Elizabeth Hunt (nee Pym).

This family came from Odell, Bedford but moved to Feering in 1898 and lived at The Warrens (now known as Feering Place).

Frederick went to Marlborough College from May 1894 until Christmas 1897.

In February 1899 Frederick was commissioned to 4th Battalion, The Essex Regiment as 2nd Lieutenant, Warley Depot.

Commissioned into the Leicestershire Regiment from The Essex Regiment on the 18th April 1900 and advanced to Lieutenant on the 18th June 1901.

Transferred to the Indian Army on the 10th April 1903 and appointed Squadron Commander of the 19th Lancers (Fane's Horse) on 18th April 1904.

Employed with the King's African Rifles in Somailiand from April 1907 until October 1911.

Advanced to Captain on 18th April 1909.

One of the original 55 intelligencers with the British Expeditionary Force to France at the beginning of the Great War.

He was wounded in the Battle of Mons, Belgium, 22 August 1914 with a bullet through his jaw but back on the front on 17th September 1914.

He was gazetted as a Staff Officer, but soon resigned as he thought the job 'too soft' and wanted to go back to the fighting line.

Captain Hunt was then attached to the 4th Hussars in the front near Ypres.

On the 31st October 1914 aged 33 years he was killed in action whilst trying to recover a machine gun having rescued the body of Lieutenant Kenneth North.

For his bravery he was Mentioned in Dispatches gazetted on the 17th February 1915.

A memorial was erected near here by his parents and was used by Feering residents as a War Memorial until it was taken down in the 1960's.

The inscription on the original Memorial is a quotation from Euripides 'Trojan Women' about the horrors of war for both victor and vanquished and is included as part of this new memorial to Captain Hunt to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War 1914 - 1918.

His name is on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and on the Roll of Honour for the Parish of Odell where his father was the vicar and Frederick was born.

His medals include:

Medal with clasp. 8 clasps South African War, 1899 - 1902 - Relief of Kimberley

Queen's medal with 5 clasps

King's medal with 2 clasps

East Africa (Somaliland) 1908 -1910 - 10 medal with clasp

MID WW1 Laurel

WW1 Star

WW1 Victory Medal