HUNT, Albert August
(Service number 7/68)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 12 October 1892 Place of Birth Bunnythorpe, Palmerston North

Enlistment Information

Date Age 21
Address at Enlistment High Street, Waimate, New Zealan
Occupation Strawberry grower
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Robert Hunt, care of A. Evans, South Wellington, New Zealand
Religion Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport HMNZT 4 Tahiti or HMNZT 1 Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian (1914-1915); Balkan, Gallipoli (1915)
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal; Gallipoli Lapel Badge; Gallipoli Medallion (1967)
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 3rd August 1916 Reason No longer phsyically fit for war service

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 2 November 1970 Age 78 years
Place of Death Rotorua
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Rotorua
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Albert August Hunt was born on 12 October 1892 at Bunnythorpe, Palmerston North. He was one of five children of Thomas and Anna Marie Augusta (née Timm or Thim, from Prussia) Hunt.

By the time of his enlistment in October 1914 Albert had moved with his family to Waimate, where he was a strawberry grower. After serving in the Gallipoli and Egyptian theatre in 1914 and 1915 he was discharged as no longer physically fit in August 1916.

After his return to New Zealand Albert married Elizabeth (Bessie) Laidlaw Kelly of Dunedin on 21 June 1917 at First Church, Dunedin. The couple moved to Ohura in the North Island where they farmed and had four children. They later moved to Mt Albert, Auckland, before retiring to Lynmore, Rotorua. Albert died as a result of a stroke in Rotorua Hospital on 2 November 1970, aged 78 years old. The couple's granddaughter recalled trout fishing and gardening in a huge section with fruit-filled trees, veges and chooks that provided eggs. Despite being discharged as no longer fit for service, she recalled that Albert continued running in later life, every day until around the time of the death of his wife. He was a man who had to have everything immaculate - shoes polished, hat on, before he would go out, sometimes taking long drives in his Ford Mercury.

Albert's brother, Robert Herman Walter Thomas Hunt, who was probably Albert's next-of-kin on enlistment, himself was killed in action in 1918 at the Somme, France.


Military personnel file (8 July 2015); Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 January 2017]; Otago Daily Times, 7 August 1917 (Papers Past) [06 June 2016]; Rotorua cremation records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [25 January 2017]; Web submissions by S Crystella, 26 & 28 April 2020; "A Postcard from home" featuring a postcard sent to AA Hunt, circa 1915, at [29 April 2020]

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