Service No: 65473
Date of Death: 29/09/1916
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry 24th Bn.
Memorial VIMY MEMORIAL
Born at Woodford in 1889, son of Joseph Brooke (Paper Merchant & Agent) and Ethel Hunt. 1891: At home with family at Haddon House Fairfield Road Woodford Green. 1901: He was with his maternal Grandmother Mary Taylor in Welford House, Market Street, Bakewell Derbyshire. The rest of his family and Grandfather were at “Mossford”, Theydon Garnon. In 1902 his father died in Torquay, with probate giving his address as “Holmewood” Woodford Green. An Old Bancroftian.
Clifford does not appear in the 1911 census, but at some point he emigrated to Canada where he worked as a Bank Clerk for the Bank of British North America in Montreal. The Bank objected to him joining the Forces, but on 23-10-14 he enlisted in the 24th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). The form shows that his mother had married Dr W.R.C. Middleton a Medical Officer of Health in Singapore, and she was living there with him.
During the voyage to England he volunteered as an additional stoker on the ship, and then completed training as a military scout. 12-09-15 saw him depart for France where he worked as a Scout and Battalion Gunner. After leave in May he was attached to the Canadian Army Service Corps for four months, rejoining his regiment in late September.
Clifford Hunt was part of the Canadian Forces deployed at the Battle of Thiepval Ridge at the end of 09-16, and Canadian military documents record his death. While his Battalion was massing in a front line trench for an attack on enemy positions near Courcelette, he was severely wounded in the jaw by shrapnel. He was given immediate attention, but died from wounds a few hours later. He was buried in a shell hole just behind Regina Trench at Grandcourt. Like thousands of others, his remains were never recovered from the Somme battlefield.
Memorial: Roll of Honour All Saints Church. Bancroft’s School. Wall Plaque St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Woodford Times. Canadian National Archives Documents. The Bancroftian.
Qualification: Borough Born and Resident.