Harold HUNT
Rank: Private
Number: 244370
Unit: 1/5th Battalion CHESHIRE reGIMENT
Date of Death: 20 May 1917
Age: 23
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Harold was born in the parish of St Mary's Church, Stockport. At the time of the Great War, his parents were living at 68 Great Egerton Street. Harold had married and was living with his wife and child at 2 Flixton Place in the Georges Road area of town. He was a regular worshipper at Christ Church, Heaton Norris. Until he enlisted into the army, he worked at Marsland's Bleachworks.

Harold joined up on 9 November 1914, originally joining one of the newly formed "Service Battalions" of the Cheshire Regiment. His original service number was 15770 and, shortly after, he was assigned a new number, 17934. This was probably due to a change of unit.

Around the beginning of 1917, Harold was transferred to the 1/5th Battalion (a Territorial unit). This was probably after a recovering from a wound or other illness which had kept him away from his original Battalion for some time. When he was fit enough to return to duty, the 1/5th will have been in greater need of replacements. On 12 May 1917, the Battalion was in trenches near the French town of Arras. The unit's War Diary gives no details of the day, but Harold was reported to have received gunshot wounds to the back, thighs and ankles. He will have reached first aid from the Battalion's own medical officer and then been evacuated to a field hospital some way behind the lines. Once his condition had been stabilised, he would have been further evacuated to one of the main Stationary Hospitals based along the Channel coast near Etaples. He died there a few days later.

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