Cecil John Hunt

First Name: 
Cecil
Middle Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Hunt
Mother's Name: 
Rachel Hunt nee Spinks
Father's Name: 
Simon Hunt
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, May 22, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
45th Battalion
Company: 
Signal Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, July 12, 1926
Place of Death: 
Parkes Hospital, Parkes, N.S.W.
Cause of Death: 
Brain Tumour
Details: 

Cecil John Hunt (Service No 2649) was born in Goulburn, N.S.W., around 1893.

In 1914, he married Violet Edwards in Junee, N.S.W., and they had 3 children.

At enlistment he was 23 years old, married, worked as a telegraph operator and lived in Kiama, N.S.W. 

Cecil embarked on HMAT A40 Ceramic with the 45th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement on 7th October 1916. He arrived in England on 21st November 1916 and joined the 45th Battalion in France as a signaller on 12th February 1917. Cecil was wounded in action at Messines, France, on 7th June 1917 receiving a gun shot wound to his right thigh. Cecil was attacking and after shooting a number of the enemy, he captured two and made them take him to a dressing station. He returned to duty on 2nd September 1917.

On 10th July 1918, Cecil was wounded a second time, suffering the effects of a gas attack, returning to duty on 6th September 1918. He was wounded a third time a few days later, on 18th September, when he received shrapnel wounds to his mouth. He was returned to Australia in September 1919 and discharged on 12th December 1919.

The marriage to Violet failed and 5 weeks before he died he married Enid Pepper. Cecil died from a brain tumour and is buried in Parkes Cemetery, Parkes, N.S.W.

Cecil is commemorated for his service on the Kiama Memorial Arch and Honour Rolls.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, HUNT C J 2649

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