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Thomas HUNT

Regimental number347
Place of birthGoondiwindi, Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBlacksmith
Address89 Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Miss Caroline Blanche Winter, 89 Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceHe enlisted in the Soudan War but did not see active service (details from friend); served in the New South Wales for 3 years: left of own accord.
Enlistment date29 July 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death50
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
120
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Native of New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916 (influenza); rejoined Bn, 18 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany (German Death List, 4 November 1916). No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION 20/7/16.

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Hunt, T. 32.A.Co. Nr. 347. am 19.7.16 in Gegen Fromelles gefallen.'

Mr A.C. Jose, 140 Rose Terrace, Wayville West, South Australia, forwarded to Base Records a cutting from the 'Adelaide Advertiser', 7 September 1917: 'Gave His Life For His Friend. An Australian officer describes the following gallant episode which occurred in the region of Mouquet Farm:- The Australians, who had advanced for several hundred yards, were ordered to dig in. A screen of scouts were sent forward, including a lad named Jose [121 Pte Harrold Newlyn JOSE, 32nd Bn]. He had not gone fifty yards when the German snipers picked him off. Private Hunt immediately went to the assistance of Jose. Hunt was wounded while he was dressing Jose's wounds, but he continued to do so, and then picked up Jose and carried him towards the Australian trench. He was again wounded and stumbled, but he once more picked up the boy. When they were only ten yards fron safety a cowardly German sniper fired a bullet which passed through the hearts of both Jose and Hunt. The Australians brought in the bodies and buried them together.'

Note on Red Cross File No 1390710: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

A dispute arose in 1921 between Hunt's former wife and his nominated next of kin, Miss C.B. Winter, his de facto wife nd mother of his ex-nuptial child. Miss Winter 'strongly objected' to the war medals being granted to Hunt's former wife, who had expressed a wish to have them, arguing that she was already divorced by the time he enlisted, and that she (Winter) would have been married except that the 3-month period of the decree nisi to take effect did not expire until after he had embarked. Base Records recommended (memo to Secretary, Department of Defence, 10 June 1921) that the 1914-15 Star, Victory Medal and Memorial Scroll should be allotted in trust for the ex-nuptial child, and that British War Medal with Clasps, Memorial Plaque, and Brochure 'Where the Australians Rest' should go to Mrs Lambert (formerly Hunt).
Miscellaneous detailsEx-nuptial daughter: Gladys Annie Hunt Winter, 89 Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia; wife (divorced) subsequently remarried, 18 April 1917: Mrs Isabella LAMBERT, Bowden Lane, off Gilles Street, Adelaide, South Australia.
Age at death50
SourcesNAA: B2455, HUNT Thomas
Red Cross file 1390710

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