Samuel Hunt was born in 1889, the son of Susan and Sampson Thomas Hunt, a stone quarryman of Machine Cottage, Kerridge who originally came from Thornford in Dorset. In 1891, one year old Samuel was living at Machine Cottage with his parents and older siblings Christina (23), Harriet (18), Annie (16), Henry (12), Edith (10), Sampson (8), Susan (7), and John (5). By 1901, the family had moved to Higher Lane, Kerridge, and another son, Simon, had been born. Samuel was educated at Kerridge Wesleyan School.
On 9th July 1910 Samuel, employed as a cotton finisher, married Mary Annie Berrisford, a laundress of 5 Nixon Street, Macclesfield, at Christ Church, Macclesfield. The couple set up home at 32, Higher Lane, Kerridge, a few doors away from Samuel's parents. Their first child, Edward, was born in late 1910, and a second son, Harry, was born in 1912. Sadly, Samuel's wife Mary died in 1913.
Samuel attested at Bollington at the outbreak of the war, having previously served in the army for about seven years, and as a reservist was recalled immediately to the 7th Cheshire Regiment.
Following a period of training in various locations, the 7th Cheshires, as part of 159th Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, received orders to equip for service in an undisclosed location in the Mediterranean. In July 1915 they sailed from Devonport to Alexandria in Egypt, then on to the island of Lemnos on the 4th August.
On the evening of 8th August, the Battalion arrived off the coast of Gallipoli and the following day landed at “C” Beach, Suvla Bay. Having landed, they came under shell fire at about 8.30am and so moved north along the edge of the bay; they then received orders to attack in the direction of a dip in the hills behind Anafarta Saghir.
At 8am on 10th August the Battalion was ordered to attack Hill 70. This was unsuccessful and the Battalion suffered severe losses. A second unsuccessful attack took place at 5pm. Samuel Hunt was killed in action on that day.
Samuel’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times of 29 September 1916:
KERRIDGE FAMILY’S SORROW – PRIVATE S. HUNT’S DEATH PRESUMED
Official intimation has been received presuming the death of Private Samuel Hunt, Cheshire Regt., son of Mr Samson Hunt, 6 Higher Lane, Kerridge. He had been missing since August 10th, 1915, shortly after the landing at Suvla Bay. Private Hunt was 26 years of age and received his education at the Bollington Church School. He attended the Kerridge Wesleyan Chapel. Private Hunt was in the Territorials prior to the outbreak of war, and was formerly employed at the Adelphi Mill. He was a widower, his wife having died three years ago, and two little boys, aged four and five, are now orphans… He was one of a family of fourteen, eight of whom are alive. A brother… is serving in France.
Private Samuel Hunt has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 75 to 77 on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Samuel Hunt, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private Samuel Hunt is commemorated on the Bollington (Palmerston St), Kerridge (Oak Lane) and Kerridge Sunday School war memorials.
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.