HAROLD NORTH-HUNT

Harold is remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.

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Born: 1894, Leicester, Leicestershire.

Died: 20th May 1942; age 48; died in captivity, of Coronary Sclerosis, at Middleton Hospital, Singapore.

Taken prisoner by the Japanese at Singapore – Changi PoW Camp. Harold’s wife Gwendoline was evacuated.

Residence: 8, Napier Road, Penang, Singapore.

Occupation: Registrar-General of Statistics – Malayan Civil Service.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Patricia McCoughey (formerly North-Hunt).

 

CENSUS

 

1901   25, Ashmere Grove, Ipswich.

 

Harold was 7 years old and living with his parents & maternal aunt.

Thomas Hunt, 33, a Sub Inspector – Board of Education, born Gilmorton, Leicestershire.

Christiana Alice Hunt (nee North), 32, born Syston, Leicestershire.

Mary Ann North, 22, a Teacher – Elementary School, born Syston.

 

Harold’s father, Thomas Hunt died November 1928, at ‘Bradgate’ 102, Christchurch Street, Ipswich. His mother, Christiana Alice Hunt died January 1935, Ipswich, at ‘Bradgate’ 102, Christchurch Street, Ipswich.

 

Harold attended Ipswich School – entered January 1905, and was placed in the II form. He gained a Queen’s Scholarship. In September 1908, he was promoted to the VIth form. He was Head Boy 1911 – 1913. Editor of the School ‘Magazine’ 1911 – 1913, a member of the Literary & Dramatic Society. Hon. Secretary, and Deputy Vice-President. The VIth form’s representative on the Games Committee. Played football and cricket for the 2nd XI teams. Became a member of the O.T.C. from September 1905, attaining the rank of Colour Sergeant, and attended O.T.C.’s camps from 1909 – 1912. Attained Certificate ‘A’ in November 1911. Holder of Pemberton Exhibition, E. Fison prize for English Essay, 1912. Caroline Barnes prize, History, 1912, part holder, 1913. Rigaud prize, 1913.

After leaving Ipswich School in June 1913, Harold became a member of the Old Ipswichian Club, at the Annual General Meeting held on the 26th July 1913, he was elected to their committee.

http://www.ipswichschoolmuseumandarchives.co.uk

 

St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

In June 1913, Harold was elected to an open Exhibition for Modern History at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He matriculated at the University on the 22nd October 1913. He only completed his first year of studies before he left for military service in the Michaelmas Term of 1914. Harold rowed for the College in the year 1913-14 and appears in the minutes of the Boat Club where he is recorded as being in the Crock (or trial) Eight for Michaelmas Term 1913. His boat won that race (against 2 other St. Catharine’s boats). He went on to race in the ‘Getting On’ boat in the Lent Term 1914 which beat Lady Margaret V, and then rowed a dead heat against Magdalene II. In a re-run Magdalene II won by half a length. He rowed in the May Boat in 1914 which was awarded its oars. The boat then went to Henley to race in the Thames Challenge Cup, but was beaten in the semi-final. The College Boat Club itself was suspended in October 1914. Harold did not return to his History studies after the war.

St. Catharine’s College’s information and photographs courtesy of Lizzy – Archivist – https://www.caths.cam.ac.uk/

 

1914 – Harold standing – second from the right.

1914 – Harold seated 4th rower from the coxswain.

 

In 1913, Harold was appointed Second Lieutenant (on probation) in the 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.

 

First World War: a Second Lieutenant, Administration Centre, Manchester Regiment, 8th Battalion. In 1919, Harold was Mentioned in Despatches for valuable service.

 

In 1916, Chorlton, Lancashire, Harold married Edna Annie Sands, born 1897, 11, Dalton Street, Manchester, Lancashire – died September 1935, at General Hospital, Singapore.

They had 1 daughter:

Pamela North-Hunt, born 1921.

 

In 1920, Harold was appointed to the Federated Malay States Civil Service. After a short period he was appointed Second Assistant District Officer, and a First Class Magistrate, for the Uln Selangor District, Federated Malay States.

 

In December 1936, Harold, of the Malayan Civil Service was promoted to officiate as Registrar-General of Statistics Sarawak & Sabah and Federated Malay States.

 

On the 18th February 1941, Harold married Gwendoline Patricia Camille Whelan, born 1899.

 

Probate to Midland Bank Executor & Trustee Company Limited attorney of Gwendoline Patricia Camille North-Hunt – widow.

 

Harold is also remembered on the Singapore Malayan Civil Service war memorial, at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Downtown Core, Singapore, and on the College Chapel war memorial at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

 

Gwendoline re-married with Presbyterian forms, on the 28th March 1944, at Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, to David Roy McCaughey, born October 1898 , Coree Station, Jerilderie, New South Wales – knighted in 1963.

 

SIR DAVID ROY McCAUGHEY  http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mccaughey-sir-david-roy-11407

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