77870 Major Herbert Rheims Aisne HUNT, Royal Artillery

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  1. stephen.r

    stephen.r Member

    Hello all,

    Hoping for help with more information on a Herbert RA Hunt. Herbert was the only son of my great-great grandfathers brother, of the same name, before he was killed in France during WW1 (hence the unusual middle name).

    After the death of his father, Herbert's mother, Elizabeth Cummins, remarried and became a Morgan, living in London and I presume raising Herbert Jr. there as I have seem a record of him living in Greenwich in the 1930s. It has taken me a long time to research my own family's military history, as both brothers died in the Great War and now I would like to turn my attention to Herbert Jr.

    I know he died in France in 2001 and I have found a clipping on Ancestry which announces the death of his first wife, Cecilia Cutler in Fayid, Egypt, 1949. In this clipping a Major H.R.A Hunt is mentioned. With this information I found his regiment and service number on the Forces War Records as 77870, Royal Field Artillery.

    Herbert's father was a war hero and is a part of my family story that I am desperately trying to learn more of. If anyone could shed some light on this man I would be very appreciative.

    Thank you.
  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Personal Number: 77870
    Rank: Lieutenant-Colonel
    Name: Herbert Rheims Aisne HUNT
    Regiment: Royal Artillery

    London Gazette : 14 February 1941
    The undermentioned Cadets, from 133rd O.C.T.U., to be 2nd Lts., except as otherwise stated. 25th Jan. 1941: —
    Herbert Rheims Aisne HUNT (166952) to be Lt.

    London Gazette : 20 May 1941
    The personal number of Cadet Herbert Rheims Aisne Hunt (77870), from O.C.T.U., is as now shown and not as stated in Gazette (Supplement) dated 14th Feb. 1941.

    London Gazette : 27 February 1945
    The undermentioned Lts. (except where otherwise stated), from Emergency Commris. to be Lts., 28th Feb. 1945, with seniority as stated: —
    (War Subs. Capt.) Herbert Rheims Aisne HUNT (77870), 1st Jan. 1941, with precedence next below Lt. D. A . Bishop.

    London Gazette : 3 September 1963
    The undermentioned Lt.-Cols. to be Supernumerary to Establishment on the dates shown: —
    H. R. A. HUNT (77870), 4th July 1963.

    London Gazette : 15 January 1965
    Lt.-Col. H. R. A. HUNT (77870) is appointed to the Special List, 14th Jan. 1965.

    London Gazette : 19 July 1966
    Lt.-Col. H. R. A. HUNT (77870) (Special List) retires on retired pay, 17th July 1966.

    As you know from your other enquiry, service records are the best way to obtain useful detail.

    The MOD states that it's currently taking about 12 months to process requests. As a result many members are sending undated cheques, in order to keep their place in the queue.

    Good luck with the research.
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  3. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    If your subject joined the Army in 1941 I doubt his Service Number would denote Royal Field Artillery as they were merged into the Royal Artillery in 1924. Citing:
    From: Royal Field Artillery - Wikipedia and Royal Garrison Artillery - Wikipedia
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949
    Name: H R A Hunt
    Service Date: 1945-1948
    Service Place: Palestine
    Campaign or Service: Palestine
    Regiment or Unit Name: Royal Artillery Field
    Regimental Number: 77870

    UK, World War I Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923
    Name: Herbert Rheims Aisne Hunt
    Birth Date: 16 Sep 1914

    Residence Place: S E.11.
    Relation to Soldier: Child
    Title: WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers
    Description: Other Ranks Died Hunn A-Hunt JW
    Next of Kin:
    Name Relation to Soldier
    Herbert William Hunt
    Elizabeth Morgan Widow
    Herbert Rheims Aisne Hunt Child
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  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    dont use forces war records or guess as suggested by TD you need to apply for his service records
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    From a family tree on Ancestry

    Herbert Rheims Aisne Hunt
    Spouse Cecilia Cutler
    Father Herbert William Hunt
    Mother Elizabeth Cummins
    Birth 16 Sep 1914 Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
    Death 25 Mar 2001 Gorbio, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
    Residence 1939 Greenwich, Kent, England

    France, Death Records, 1970-2018
    Name: Herbert Rheims Aisne Hunt
    Gender: homme (Male)
    Death Age: 86
    Birth Date: 16 sept. 1914 (16 Sep 1914)
    Birth Place: Dublin, Irlande (Ireland)
    Death Date: 25 mars 2001 (25 Mar 2001)
    Death Place: Gorbio, Alpes-Maritimes, France
    Certificate Number: 7
    Fichier des personnes décédées (Décès) - data.gouv.fr

    You may need to contact the French Embassy to help obtain a copy death certificate when you apply to the MOD for his service records

    Notices of death for both his wives
    England, Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, 1790-1976
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  7. Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis Member

  8. Eli Solomon

    Eli Solomon New Member

    Interestingly I have been researching Lt-Colonel Mike Hunt's motor racing interests in Malaya, where he was based between 1963 and November 1964. He was active in the motor club and raced an XK140 FHC Jaguar, a Mini Cooper and a T51 Cooper single-seater. He remarried c.1950/51 - Jane Notley and had two children by her - Elizabeth (in 1952) and Jonathan Michael (in 1953). I've been trying to reach either as there is very little information on Col. Hunt's racing and his role in the Royal Artillery in Malaya. Eli Solomon, Singapore
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  9. stephen.r

    stephen.r Member

    Hi Eli,

    Do you mean Herbert and not Mike? I'm nearly sure we are talking about the same man. Especially considering the marriage to a Jane Notley. I should also say there is a coincidence in your info regarding his daughter and his mother's name was also Elizabeth. Have you found any success in reaching his children?
  10. Eli Solomon

    Eli Solomon New Member

    He was always entered as Mike Hunt, hence the difficulty in tracing his military history /family. Look up the real estate company Foxtons. I haven't had any success reaching the family.
  11. stephen.r

    stephen.r Member

    Hi Eli,

    Yes have found his son

    The bottom of the page mentions he was born into a military family with his father being a colonel, he passed basic training for the Royal Artillery, same as Herbert.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2022
  12. Eli Solomon

    Eli Solomon New Member

    Exactly. Still, he was reasonably successful racing in Malaya and one of his formula 2 cars was recently found and restored by a friend of mine. Let's keep in touch, I hv an article that features Col. Hunt's racing that will be uploaded on my website soon. Eli
  13. stephen.r

    stephen.r Member

    Hi Eli,

    Amazing coincidence would love to see a photo of it at some stage. Have read Mr. Hunt likes to collect cars, may be of interest to him. Yes looking forward to your article.

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