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George Hunt

1883 – 1916

George was born in early 1883, the first of five children, to Thomas and Caroline Hunt. He was born in Silchester, as were his parents, and the family lived in School Lane in what is now 2 Clematis Cottages. Like his father, George became a “domestic gardener”, and in 1901 he was on the staff at the Vicarage in Mortimer West End, as a “Garden helper”, where Rev. Adolphus White was head of the household. In 1911, although still a domestic gardener, his address was back in School Lane.

  

We’re not sure when George enlisted in Duke of Edinburgh’s Wiltshire Regiment, but he married Fanny Saunders, from Bishopstone, near Aylesbury, who worked as a domestic servant, in Eton early in 1916.

George was part of “B” Company, 6th Battalion, and shortly after the start of the Battle of the Somme in July 1916 , the regiment took part in the capture of La Boiselle, north east of Amiens, moving into Mametz Wood shortly after. On the 30th July they were withdrawn in order to re-organise having suffered 380 causalities, before taking up positions in the trenches around Kemmel, south west of Ypres, where they stayed until 5th October when they returned to The Somme region.

At the beginning of November, George was in the trenches at Aveluy, near Thiepval. On the 19th they relieved battalions of 57 Brigade after they had made an attack, moving into the front line, in what was known as Stuff Trench. The next day enemy artillery was active all day, and the company’s war diary records that they suffered “14 other ranks wounded, 4 killed and 1 missing”. George was unfortunately one of those four.

 

Lieutenant Osman, his platoon commander, wrote to his family “We are sorry to lose him, especially myself, as he was one of the best and most reliable men in the platoon and whilst having no fear was cautious and clear-headed”.

George is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, along with 72,245 other missing British and South African servicemen.