Language selection

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Horace Hunt

In memory of:

Private Horace Hunt

April 24, 1915

Military Service


Service Number:

7831

Age:

18

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)

Division:

2nd Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

March 10, 1897

Son of Charles and Martha A. Hunt, of Ottawa, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 20 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 10 - 26 - 28

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

Send us your images
  • Newspaper clipping– Sergeant Major Charles A Hunt, the father of Private Horace Hunt, Our Heroes of the Great World War, Ottawa and environs
  • Newspaper Clipping– Daily Colonists, Victoria B.C.
  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Horace Hunt– From "Our Heroes in The Great World War", compiled by J. H. De Wolfe, Patriotic Publishing Co., Ottawa, Ontario, 1919.  This book includes hundreds of photographs of soldiers, however, there were often minor discrepancies in editing between the details published, and the official record - in this case the date should have been April 24th.
  • Inscription on Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial
  • Memorial Plaque– St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 217 First Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Newspaper Clipping– Horace Hunt Killed June 11, 1915
The Germans have been shelling us all day. Horace Hunt, the bugler, was missing all day, so they were looking in a building in advance of our trenches and they found his lying there dead with a bullet in his forehead and one through his chest. The found six or seven dead Germans lying around him. We don't know whether he killed them, but if he did, he sold his life pretty deadly. We buried him and Sergt. Aballard of Brockville in the same grave.
  • Memorial Stained Glass– 'The Resurrection' by Robert McCausland Limited was dedicated at St Matthew's Anglican Church in the Glebe, Ottawa on 17 Jan 1921 to the members of the church who served during the Great War. The window was transferred to the current site, 217 First Avenue in 1938.

Learn more about the Canadian Virtual Memorial

To learn more please visit our help page. If you have questions or comments regarding the information contained in this registry, email vac.cvwm-mvgc.acc@canada.ca or call us.

Date modified: