HUNT, Albert August
(Service number 7/68)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank|
|Date||12 October 1892||Place of Birth||Bunnythorpe, Palmerston North|
|Address at Enlistment||High Street, Waimate, New Zealan|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Robert Hunt, care of A. Evans, South Wellington, New Zealand|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|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|
|Campaigns||Egyptian (1914-1915); Balkan, Gallipoli (1915)|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal; Gallipoli Lapel Badge; Gallipoli Medallion (1967)|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||3rd August 1916||Reason||No longer phsyically fit for war service|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||2 November 1970||Age||78 years|
|Place of Death||Rotorua|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Cremated Rotorua|
|New Zealand Memorials|
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 http://www.magnaquies.com/a_postcard_from_home.html [29 April 2020]
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