Sunday 29 November 2009

Sergeant Ernest William Hunt

Born on 25 November 1877 in London, England - husband of C. Hunt, Vancouver, British Columbia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as musician, married, currently a member of the Active Militia, previous served with the 2nd Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry, Church of England, height of 5 feet 9.5 inches, chest of 39.5 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 72nd Battalion, CEF, as a band sergeant in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 1 October 1915 (number 129985) - landed in France with the 72ndf Battalion on 12 August 1916 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 1 or 2 May 1917 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Awarded a Mention in Despatches - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 17 January 1919: "Recommended for Mention in Peace Despatch."

Recommended for an unnamed decoration on 3 July 1917: "He formed most valuable work during attack on La Coulotte and Avion." - no medal award.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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