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Walter Moxon HUNT

Regimental number2841
Place of birthLancashire England
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o Mrs Atkinson, Hastings Road, Warrawee, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Thurston Hunt, Rocklands, Sandylane, Leyland, England
Enlistment date25 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name7th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Barleux on 29-30 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 22 September 1919

Military Medal

'For gallant conduct and conspicuously good work during construction of pontoon bridges. On night 29th/30th August 1918, Corporal HUNT was one of the N.C.O.s with the section constructing pontoon bridges across the SOMME Canal near BARLEUX. This task was one of extreme danger as the canal was 400 yards forward of the infantry front line. In addition to extreme caution the greatest speed and boldness was required to ensure the work completed before dawn. Corporal HUNT throughout showed the greatest skill and initiative in reconnoitring a track for the transport and canal bank and in the construction of the bridges. The night was intensely dark and in spite of being worn out by long marching and exertions of the two previous days, in face of constant harassing fire of H.E. and gas and the encumbrance of gas mask, Corporal HUNT worked on untiringly getting such a splendid example of energy and determination and so encouraging his party that the work was successfully completed within the extremely narrow time limit.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10/10/1119

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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