ARNOLD LEIGH HUNT

Laid to rest at the Field of Honour

 

Born: 1897, Kiama, New South Wales, Australia.

Died: 9:40am, 25th June 1917, age: 20; Died of Gun Shot Wounds to the Spine received by a machine gun bullet in Rouen, France – at 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell.

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Informant – Lance Corporal Edward Charles Munro, 13629, of the 5th Field Ambulance, of Burpengary, North Coast Line, Queensland.

Diaries of a Stretcher-Bearer 1916-1918

On or about the 5th May 1917 the 5th Field Ambulance was in front of Bullecourt during an action. Hunt was hit by a machine gun bullet near the 17th Battalion Regimental Aid Post while carrying a wounded man on his stretcher. Informant Lance Corporal Munro did not see Hunt hit but next saw him on a stretcher at the Regimental Aid Post. He was consious and told Munro that he did not feel too bad. Munro saw no more of him but heard that he had died in England afterwards. According to Munro Hunt was a very popular chap. 

Informant – Lance Corporal John Sanders, 2860, of the 5th Field Ambulance, of Hazeldene, Blakesley Street, Hurstville, New South Wales.

On or about the 3r/4th May 1917 the Field Ambulance was at Bullecourt during an action. Sanders was stationed at the Main Dressing Station at Vaux. Hunt was brought in wounded in the back, and in the first instance was put with the walking cases. Sanders helped to carry him on a stretcher to the portion of the Dressing Station where they were putting dressing cases. Hunt was consious and told Sanders that he did not feel too bad. He never told how he received his wound. Sanders then left him and never saw him again, but heard about a month later that he was dead.

A cousin visited Arnold a week before he died, and an Uncle & Aunt came from Ipswich, and made arrangements for him to be buried in the cemetery at Ipswich.

A wire and also a letter was sent to inform them of his condition, and asking them to let his Mother know. His Uncle’s address is as follows:

Mr. Yell, St. Helens, Ipswich.

Place of Association: Jambaroo, New South Wales.

Enlistment Details: Location: Liverpool, New South Wales; Date: 16th March 1915; Age: 19 years & 11 months; Occupation: Railway Cleaner; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: mother – Mrs Emma Hunt, 47, Ridge Street, North Sydney, New South Wales. Height: 5ft 8ins, dark complexion, brown eyes & black hair.

 

26th June 1915 – Embarked at Sydney on board H.M.A.T. A35 ‘Berrima.’

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance – Dysentery – 16th September 1915.

Transferred to Australian Casualty Clearing Station.

Admitted to H.S. ‘Maheno’ – Typhoid.

Transferred to Malta – 23rd September 1915.

Embarked for England H.S. ‘Cairnsbrook Castle’ from Malta – 16th October 1915.

Admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley – 23rd October 1915.

Wounded in Action – France – 3rd May 1917.

Embarked on board H.S. ‘St. George’ Boulogne for England – 28th May 1917.

Admitted 1st London General Hospital – Gun Shot Wound – Back – Lumbar Region – 29th May 1917.

 

Next of Kin in England: cousin – Mrs. F. A Yell, 153, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 202.

Regiment: Australian Medical Corps, 5th Field Ambulance.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Buried 2pm – 29th June 1917.

Grave Reference:

BA.I.69.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

Father: James Hunt.

Mother: Emma Hunt (nee Arnold), born 1868, Colchester, Essex.

 

Arnold’s Will requested that his personal effects should be divided equally between his two sisters – Miss Ella Una Hunt (1901, Kiama) & Miss Australia Kezia Hunt (1905, Kiama). The young girls were at school at Kiama, in the care of Mrs. R.O. Kendall, Kiama, via South Coast.

 

Personal Effects

Balaclava cap, 5 handkerchiefs, 2 pairs socks, writing case, New Testament, 2 brushes, silk cigarette flags, safety razor & 2 strops in case, Bible, birthday book, housewife (sewing kit), pocket book, Jack knife, strap, 6 badges, compass, letters, brush, comb, phrase book, metal chain, 2 coins & disc attached, photos, cards, 6 coins, small flag and photo wallet.

 

Arnold’s funeral was held on the 29th June 1917, at 2pm. The coffin was of good polished elm. Undertaker was Thomas Vigers, of 3, Eccleston Street, London. Attending the funeral and representing the family were (aunt & uncle)Mr. & Mrs. W.C. Yell, 36, St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich, (aunt)Mrs Potter, 61, Nuddlesboro, of Colchester, Essex, (aunt)Mrs Brissend, of 33a, Adore Street, Ogmore Vale, South Wales, (cousins)Mr. & Mrs Phillipe, of 33, Dorwin Road, Ipswich.

The deceased soldier was buried with Military honours. Gun carriage drawn by six horses provided by the 72nd Division Field Artillery stationed at Ipswich conveyed the remains of the deceased soldier to the Cemetery. Firing party and bugler of the 2/6th Northumberland Fusiliers, under the command of Lieutenant Matthews were in attendance. The coffin was draped with the Australian flag and surmounted with several lovely floral tributes. Prior to the interment a service was held in the chapel at the Cemetery by the Rev. C.F.T. parsons. The “Last post” was sounded at the grave side by six buglers of the 2/6th Northumberland Fusiliers.

 

The aunts were Emma Hunt’s sisters.

 

Arnold’s family received the Memorial Scroll on the 29th August 1921, the British War medal on the 12th August 1921, and ‘Where the Australians Rest’ on the 20th August 1921. Mr. Arthur Parkins was authorised to collect the memorial Plaque on the 8th February 1922. Arthur wrote that he had been a personal friend of the family for 14 years, that Arnold’s father, James Hunt had died 2 years ago, and that Emma Hunt had been paralyzed for 7 years. Arnold’s sisters were at school.

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