honor role

Hunt, Herbert John

* MC 2898 Lieut 4th Machine Gun Bn.

Born at Stratham England, CoE. Enlisted 22 July 1915 age 20, orderly. Nok his parents,  James and Eliza Hunt of Shambrock  Smith St, and at Battle St,  Cottesloe Beach. Embarked at Fremantle 5 October 1915 per A20 Hororata and rose through the ranks to Lieutenant. He was killed in action in France 10 August 1918 and buried in the Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, France, eight kilometres east of Corbie, Plot 1 Row B Grave 1. Hunt was awarded the Military Cross: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He fought with his machine gun with great gallantry and rendered invaluable assistance throughout the operations. He set a fine example to his men.’ A more detailed citation: ‘2nd Lieut Hunt on the morning of 11 April 1917 near Bullecourt,  showed great judgement in bringing into action the 4 machine-guns under his command. He controlled three guns in the front line and the fourth gun being blown out between the first and the second objectives. On the enemy developing a strong bombing attack this officer collected all bombs [hand grenades] from the men in his vicinity and went forward and attempted to stem the attack, When this became beyond his control through lack of bombs he directed his men to leave their positions and take up another on  1st objective, carrying himself two ammunition boxes. The latter position became untenable consequently guns (only two remaining) had to be withdrawn. Lieut Hunt carefully directed the three men out but unfortunately only one gun and one man reached safety. Lieut. Hunt followed, bringing with him some men from the Battalions. Immediately on arrival at the Sunken Garden he mounted the one remaining gun and prepared everything for further attacks by the enemy. Throughout the whole operation he showed great gallantry and coolness and is hereby recommended for most distinguished service.’ Service medals and award: MC, 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM.