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Roger Hunt was born in Alston near Longridge on the 29 September, 1887 the youngest son of Richard and Alice Hunt (nee Kenyon). Roger`s father was originally from the village of Bleasdale near Longridge and his mother originated from Yorkshire. The couple married in the little country church of St. Eadmer in Bleasdale on the 25 November, 1871.

Roger had seven siblings but not all of them survived; William (1872), Margaret (1876-1881), Isabella (1878-1891), Jane (1880-1881), Richard (1882) and twins Ann and Catherine (1884).

The eldest child William was born in Hapton near Burnley and then Roger`s parents settled in Pump Street in Longridge where the rest of the children were born. Sadly, Roger`s father died in March 1891 just two months before his thirteen year old daughter Isabella. The 1891 Census shows the newly widowed Alice with her five children still living in Pump Street but only William aged nineteen was in work, the other four children were all under ten years old and the youngest Richard was just three.

Roger`s mother remarried to Henry Bromily in May 1894 and in 1901 Alice was still living in Pump Street with sons Roger and William and daughter Ann, all three were cotton weavers and using their mother`s new married name.

In 1911 siblings Roger, William and Ann were the only ones left resident in the same house in Pump Street and they had also reverted back to their original surname of Hunt. Roger`s sister Ann was the housekeeper while Roger and William both went out to work as weavers in the Victoria Mill in Longridge. Roger was apparently a keen footballer and was at one time the captain of Longridge football club.

In September 1914 he went to enlist into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, he was given the service number 2300 and posted to the 4th Battalion. Unfortunately his service papers have not survived so no detailed information is available.

Roger sailed with the 1/4th Battalion to France on the 4th May, 1915 and just one month later he was killed as a result of a terrible accident. A comrade was apparently cleaning his rifle nearby when he accidentally discharged the weapon and the bullets hit Roger in both legs. As a result the medics had to amputate his left leg but despite their best efforts Roger, weak from loss of blood did not survive the trauma and he passed away at No.13 General Hospital in Boulogne on the 4 June, 1915.

His family placed the following information in the local Preston paper not long after Roger`s death.

Hunt

Roger was buried with honour in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. He was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

He also left a will and probate was granted to his brother William, a weaver of 3 Pump Street Longridge in December 1917, the monies Roger left amounted to £90 11s 2d.

Roger is also remembered on the war memorial plaque inside his local parish church of St. Lawrence in Longridge.

St. Lawrence in Longridge

Rank: Private
Service No: 2300
Date of Death: 04/06/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.
Cemetery: BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY

Janet Davis

Janet Davis

Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband. In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help. Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
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