An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

George Ede HUNT

Second Lieutenant, Royal Air Force,
Formerly of the King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry).

Born 30 September 1898,
Died 21 July 1918, aged 19 years.

Buried in Coatham (Christ Church) Churchyard
Redcar, Grave C.9.11

His burial in Coatham confirms that he lost his life in England and echoes the note in the school Register, that he was “killed in an accident” in the Royal Air Force. He could well have been a trainee pilot in southern England in what were the very early days of the Royal Air Force. Such men volunteered for transfer from the Army. The family memorial in Coatham Churchyard records that he was “killed while flying”.

George Ede Hunt was the son of Charles George Hunt, a commission agent, of 9, Trafalgar Terrace, Redcar. Having received private tuition, George joined Coatham Grammar School’s preparatory class in January 1910, aged 11. In June 1910 his father died, aged 46, leaving his mother Sarah Hunt as a widow with a considerable fortune. George had two younger sisters, Olga and Florence, aged eight and six respectively at the time of their father’s death. Also living in the house at that time were George’s maternal grandparents John and Susan Picken, and an unmarried aunt, Elizabeth Picken. He was at school for ten terms, although was absent for the summer term of 1912, for reasons unknown. When he left in 1913 he was 14 years old and he went on to a secondary school in Bournemouth. Given his age he will have joined the Army quite late in the War. His own will, proved at Salisbury in 1919, left his fortune of £12,654 to his mother, who had remarried and had moved to Marton-in-Cleveland.