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Roll of Honour

Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Hunt, John W.

Stoker Petty Officer
Guisborough Yorkshire

John William Hunt was born in January 1887 in Guisborough, North Yorkshire and was one of at least 13 children to Thomas Hunt and his wife Charlotte nee Milburn. Thomas was an ironstone miner from Derbyshire and will have come north seeking work and met Charlotte who was a local lady.

In 1908, John William married Daisy Hogg in Guisborough. Daisy was a native of West Hartlepool and one of a number of children born to Adam Hogg, a ships' plater of West Hartlepool and his Scottish wife Maria nee Ramsay. How John William met and then married in Guisborough is unknown as Daisy was in West Hartlepool with her parents and siblings in 1901 before  her marriage and again in 1911.

On the 1911 census three years after marriage, Daisy was living alone in two rooms in Hope Street West Hartlepool and was a laundry forewoman. John William was probably already at sea. His first ship is given as HMS Invincible.

On the 8th February 1917, he was a stoker and petty officer aboard HMS Gurkha a destroyer south east of Dungeness in the English Channel. The ship exploded on hitting a mine laid by a German submarine and John was one of 75 men killed.

His body was never recovered, and his wife Daisy, who was by then at 64 West Street Portsmouth, was informed of her husband's death. His name is on the Portsmouth Memorial.