HUNT, Frederick Charles
(Service number 6/3357)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Sergeant|
|Date||9 September 1886||Place of Birth||Christchurch|
|Address at Enlistment||Banks Avenue, Christchurch|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||James John HUNT (father), Waipara, North Canterbury|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||8th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||13 November 1915|
|Transport||Willochra or Tofua|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Regiment|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||18 July 1967||Age||80 years|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Mangere Cemetery, Auckland|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Frederick Charles Hunt, who was born on 9 September 1886 at Christchurch, was the second son of James John Hunt and his first wife, Elizabeth Ann née Lancaster. The birth was registered at Timaru, suggesting that his parents were residing in the district. Elizabeth died in 1895, leaving her husband and five young children. While his two sisters lived for some time with an aunt in Christchurch and attended school there, it is not apparent where Frederick and his two brothers were educated. James John Hunt, who married Clara Novella Langford in 1896, lived in South Canterbury – at Hilton and Totara Valley - for many years before moving to Waipara sometime before 1915.
Although Frederick gave a Christchurch address, he was farming at Hilton in 1911 and near Geraldine in 1914, possibly going back there on his return to New Zealand. He had leased his farm in order to join the forces. Private Hunt embarked with the 8th Reinforcements on 13 November 1915. Gunner F. C. Hunt was reported wounded in September 1916. In France he had been transferred to the light trench mortar battery, with which he had been engaged in “some hot fighting”.
Frederick Hunt “took a great interest in Bible Class and Y.M.C.A. work, and was an active member of the Geraldine, and, later, the Knox Church, Presbyterian Bible classes.” He married Edna May Bailey in 1920, and he and Edna moved to the North Island. They were in Auckland when Frederick’s father died in November 1942.
His oldest brother, William James Eugene Hunt, a married man with two children, who was listed in the Reserve Rolls in 1917, died in 1918; and his younger brother, Albert Ernest Hunt, also served in World War I. Frederick and Alfred sent wreaths when William’s widow died in 1930 in Christchurch, as did their father and step-mother.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [05 June 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [05 June 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [05 June 2020]; Lyttelton Times, 22 June 1895, Sun, 4 October 1916, Timaru Herald, 17 November 1916, Press, 21 March 1930, 3 November 1942 (Papers Past) [04 & 05 June 2010]
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Researched and Written by
Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG
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