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William HUNT

Royal Field Artillery
Remount Depot, Royal Army Service Corps

William was born in Somerset in 1877, the son of Winterbourne Hunt. He married Florence Louisa Ashwell in Rugby on 8 February 1903 and had two children, Florence and Edward. The couple came to live in Spratton when William obtained employment as a groom for Lord Erskine at Spratton Hall.  They lived in one of the cottages in Manor Road (now demolished) that were rented out to staff at Spratton Hall. 

William enlisted on 10 November 1915 aged 38.  His skills with horses were made good use of when he was sent to the newly formed Swaythling Remount Depot at North Stoneham in Hampshire which had been set up to supply horses and mules for war service. He seems to have had an accident during his time at the Remount Depot and was discharged as no longer physically fit for war service on 11 June 1917.  He was given a Silver War Badge to wear at home to show that he had been wounded in the war.  He was not sent overseas, so was not entitled to any campaign medals.

William died in 1934 and Florence died in 1964.  They are both buried in the new parish cemetery in Spratton, as is their daughter.  Descendants of the Hunts still live in the village.

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Hall Cottages, Spratton
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