FREDERICK HUNT

Born: 26th February 1866, Rougham, Suffolk.

Baptised: 1st April 1866, at Rougham, Suffolk.

Died: 3rd June 1900; age: 35 years & 4 months; Died from a malignant new growth affecting his stomach – on board the Steam Ship ‘Cephalonia’ at Southampton Docks.

Lieutenant and Adjutant M.J. Prentice of the Invalid Depot, Netley, Hampshire, organised the body to be buried at the Royal Victoria Hospital Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire.

Residence: Rougham, Suffolk.

Enlistment Date: January 1884.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 798.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Hazara 1888 and Capy Colony.

 

Laid to rest 9th June 1900.

Grave Reference:

Royal Victoria Hospital Cemetery,

Southampton,

Hampshire.

 

CENSUS

 

1871   Great Green, Rougham, Suffolk.

Frederick was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Hunt, 45, a General Labourer, born Rougham.

Mary Ann Hunt (nee Coulton), 41, born Rougham.

William Hunt, 9, born Rougham.

Ann Hunt, 7, born Rougham.

George Hunt, 6, born Rougham.

 

1881   Great Green, Rougham, Suffolk.

Frederick was 15 years old and living with his parents & brother.

George, 55, an Agricultural Labourer.

Mary Ann, 51.

William, 19, an Agricultural Labourer.

 

Frederick’s mother, Mary Ann Hunt died April 1882, Rougham, Suffolk.

 

On the 4th October 1892, Rougham, Suffolk, Frederick married Florence Annie Lock, a general domestic servant, born May 1873, Rougham – daughter of Alfred Lock, an agricultural labourer and Harriett Lock (nee Bullett), of Rougham Green, Suffolk.

Florence and Frederick had six children:

Percy Frederick Hunt, born March 1893, Rougham.

Leonard Alwyne Hunt, born May 1894, Rougham.

Harvey Ashton Hunt, born September 1895, Rougham.

Stanley Owen Hunt, born November 1896, Rougham.

Ruby Winifred Hunt, born March 1898, Rougham.

Reginald Victor Hunt, born March 1899, Rougham.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Florence Hunt – widow.

 

Family note from Ian:

I thought he died in South Africa as we have a pipe carved by Boer prisoners. I wrote to a museum in Pietermaritzburg years ago who replied with all the info. He probably served there but was sent home as he had a tumour. I’ve looked at the Royal Victoria Hospital website but can find no more info on him.

He’d been in the army 16 years and was still only a private. Like his uncle, my grandfather was in the Suffolks from 1914 the 6th Battalion Army Cyclists and he was a sergeant when he married in 1918.

 

One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was called initially Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. A storm of bullets met the Suffolks. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.

The Boer War.

Suffolk Regiment 

3 Comments

  • What a find. My great grandfather was Fred’s brother.He died in Bury workhouse hospital in 1911

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    • Frederick Hunt was my Great great Grandfather and his son Percy my Great Grandfather on my Mum’s side of the family. Percy ended up living in Dunstable for many years as the family split apart after Frederick died.

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    • Hello, I’m working on my family tree. Frederick’s sister was my great grandmother so we are distantly related!

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