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Predicate Object 1962-1963 1962-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1963-12-31T00:00:00.000Z Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1188.2 2016-09-06T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-10-25T03:44:24.856Z 1D 26 55 Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 Medal Awarded to 96 Sgt WT Hunt, New South Wales Citizens Bushman Contingent William Francis Hunt appears to have received two Queen's South Africa Medals, this one, named to 96 SGT W.F. HUNT C..B.C., and a second medal named to 3106 CPL. W.F. HUNT. IMP: LT HORSE William Francis Hunt was a member of the Hunt family of the Narrows, Waikato, New Zealand. In 1880 he was serving as a sergeant with the Waikato Cavalry Volunteers when he was elected to the rank of sub-lieutenant (Gazetted January 1881). When he was rejected for service in South Africa during the Anglo Boer War he crossed the Tasman and enlisted with the New South Wales Bushmen (service no 96). While in South Africa William transferred to the Imperial Light Horse (rank Scout Corporal, service no 3106) and apparently returned to England with that regiment. During WW1 he joined the staff at the Thames Military Hospital before returning to New Zealand in 1916. He died in Auckland in 1927. The New Zealand Herald published his obituary on 10th August 1927. "The death has occurred of Mr. William Francis Hunt, a veteran volunteer soldier and an old resident of New Zealand. Mr. Hunt was born in York, England, in 1843. He came to New Zealand with his parents in the ship Carogoon in 1865, and settled in the Mangonui district, where he engaged in farming for several years. Mr. Hunt had an extensive and varied military career. In 1876 he joined the Hamilton troop of the Waikato Volunteer Cavalry, with which he served, for a period. On the outbreak of the South African War, he endeavoured to enlist in New Zealand, but was not accepted as he was over the prescribed age limit. He thereupon went to Australia and joined the Bushmen's Contingent. He saw considerable service and was later transferred to the Imperial Light Horse Regiment as a scout. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, and the Queen's and King's South African Medals. At the conclusion of the war he remained in South Africa, where he engaged for a number of-years in mining and farming pursuits. Mr. Hunt volunteered for active service with the English forces on the outbreak of the Great War, but was rejected. He then joined the staff of the Thames Military Hospital, London, and finally returned to New Zealand, in 1916. Since 1925 he had been an inmate of Veterans' Home, Mount Roskill. The funeral will take place at Waikaraka cemetery this afternoon." Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 Medal Awarded to 96 Sgt William Francis Hunt, New South Wales Citizens Bushman Contingent. silver medal; plain straight swivelling suspender; with ribbon obverse: crowned and veiled head of Queen Victoria and legend VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX reverse: Britannia with a flag in her left hand and holding out a laurel wreath in her right towards an advancing party of soldiers; in the background are two warships; below the wreath, in two lines: 1899-1900 in relief; around top: SOUTH AFRICA ribbon: red with two dark blue stripes and a broad orange central stripe medal named on edge: 96 SGT. W.T. HUNT. C.B.C. Note: initials are incorrect, should be W.F. HUNT markings: obverse: medallists name under bust: G.W. de Saulles reverse: medallist's name below feet of Britannia: G.W. de Saulles medal, campaign
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