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WWI Victory Medal. Somme casualty 1916. Hunt. Essex Regiment. Barkingside, Ilford, Essex.

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Correctly named 18430 Pte G Hunt Essex R

George was born in 1895 in Barkingside, Ilford, Essex.

We find the family in 1901 living at Horns Road in Ilford and records note his mother, Mary Ann is a widow and working as a greengrocer.

In 1911, the family have moved to 12 Station Road, Ilford.

George enlisted into the Essex Regiment and landed at Suvla Bay in Gallipoli with the 1st Battalion in September 1915. The British were attempting to restart the stalled Gallipoli Campaign. The four Essex battalions saw some hard fighting, but lost even more men to sickness. They were withdrawn to Egypt in December before the Gallipoli Peninsula was finally abandoned.

We see George was returned to England in November 1915 due to a bout of jaundice. He was at that time serving with the 3rd Reserve Battalion, W Company.

He never returned to the Middle East campaign having recovered and next he is seen to be with the 11th (Service) Battalion on the Somme on the Western Front with the 6th Division under the command of Major General Charles Ross.

He died from wounds on the 28th of September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His Battalion were engaged in both the Battle of Flers Courcelette 15-22nd of September and straight after, the Battle of Morval, 25-28th of September 1916. Both British victories.

Its possible George was injured in either of these battles.

He is buried at the Grove Town Cemetery in Meaulte.

An address given for his mother after his death is noted as 65 Perrymans Farm Road, Newbury Road, Ilford, Essex.

He is entitled to a 1915 Star Trio.

WWI Victory Medal. Somme casualty 1916. Hunt. Essex Regiment. Barkingside, Ilford, Essex.
£40.00

Availability: 1 in stock

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