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Honourable Artillery Company

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Those known to have served with

Honourable Artillery Company

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Hunt Herbert Clifford. 2nd Batallion (d.15th May 1917)
  • Pritchard John Harold. Capt. 2nd Battalion (d.15th May 1917)
  • Stimson Douglas B.. Lt.
  • Stimson Montaque Adolph. 2nd Lt. 10th Btn (d.30th Sep 1916)

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Herbert Clifford Hunt 2nd Batallion Honourable Artillery Company (d.15th May 1917)

Herbert Clifford Hunt, son of Edward William Hunt and Emma Elizabeth Davey was born on the 12th of February 1898 when the family was living at 85, Arran Street, Roath, Cardiff. He was baptized in the Parish of Roath, Cardiff on the 29th of March 1898. Herbert Clifford, son of Edward Hunt, Clerk, of 85 Arran Street, and Emma Elizabeth. Baptized by W T Southern, Curate

He enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company in Cardiff on the 12th of December 1916. At that time the family was living at 22, Tydfil Place, Cardiff. He was posted as missing (later killed in action) on the 15th of May 1917 at Bullecourt. He is recorded in the CWGC Debt of Honour Register: In Memory of Herbert Clifford Hunt, Private 9644, 2nd Bn., Honourable Artillery Company, who died on Tuesday 15th May 1917, aged 19. Son of Edward and Emma E. Hunt, of 22, Tydfil Place, Roath Park, Cardiff. He is remembered on the The Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. We visited the memorial when we were on holiday in Le Touquet, and found the panel with his name inscribed. The cemetery was beautifully kept.

Anthony Dennis Hunt


Capt. John Harold Pritchard 2nd Battalion Honourable Artillery Company (d.15th May 1917)

Captain John Harold Pritchard enlisted in the HAC in 1909 and was sent to France at the outbreak of war in 1914. He started in the 1st Battalion and after a second injury was invalided home in March 1915. When he returned he was Captain of the 2nd Battalion and ended up at Bullecourt, near Arras, fighting on the Hindenburg Line. On May 15th 1917 he lead his men one more time and was killed along with many of his comrades.

As a young boy he had attended St Paul's Cathedral School and sang as a chorister at the cathedral, along with his two brothers. The Cathedral has plaques to the choristers who died serving their country and each one is named. In the Minor Canon's Aisle you will find Captain Pritchard commemorated.

The story had ended there for our family, until January 2012 when I was searching the internet for information on my family tree. JHP as he has come to be known, was my Great Uncle - my nan's brother. When I entered his name I came across the excellent Great War Forum where they were discussing how to find relatives of Captain Pritchard. I looked at the date - they were discussing it in 2010 and it turns out his body had been discovered, in the field where he had fallen, as long ago as 2009. The MoD had been looking for family ever since. They had put a new notice on the War Graves Commission website only last November, so I emailed the address given and went to bed!

The next day my phone was red hot with relieved officials and now we can begin the process of burying this man with military honours in France. He will be re-buried with his family present to give thanks for his bravery and sacrifice. It is a long haul and we are only at the beginning. My wider family is thrilled, particularly my father's brother who, like my late father, is the nephew of this Captain. We continue to find out more about his life.

He was an Officer of WW1 who may yet become a symbol for others to keep searching and never give up hope. Although it is increasingly less likely to be able to identify bodies now, JHP had his metal tag on and I believe a pistol. It turned out to be harder to identify his present family! Music has come down through the generations - I and another cousin are professional singers and we plan a concert in Bullecourt this summer (2012) to celebrate his life and the many others he knew. It turns out that his sword went to America and the man who owns it now has been in touch and sent photos for us.

I think you may get to hear of this story over time, but one thing is for sure, it was just by chance that I entered the name of a fallen hero and now our generation will have the responsibility of laying him in his final resting place. We are the lucky ones who will also have a grave to visit. Thank you John Harold and may you finally rest in peace.

Janet Shell


Lt. Douglas B. Stimson Worcestershire Regiment

Douglas Stimson served in both World Wars. He enlisted into Honourable Artillery Company and was commisioned as a Lt into the Worcestershire Regiment on the 12th of May 1917.

His brother Montague also served with the Honourable Artillery Company and was killed whilst serving with the 10th Btn. East Surreys, attached to the 8th Btn. Younger brother Eric was killed whilst serving with the Rifle Brigade.


2nd Lt. Montaque Adolph Stimson 10th Btn East Surrey Regt. (d.30th Sep 1916)

Montague Stimson was 21 years old when he was killed, he was serving with the 10th Btn. East Surreys, attached to the 8th Btn. He had previously served with the Honourable Artillery Company enlisting in 1914. His brother Douglas also served with the Honourable Artillery Company and younger brother Eric was killed whilst serving with the Rifle Brigade.

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Honourable Artillery Company in the Great War 1914-1919

G. Goold Walker

The history of this somewhat complex regiment has been admirably handled. Each of the units has a section to itself and each section has its own chapters numbered separately. The story begins with the 1st Battalion, then follow A Battery. B Battery, the Siege Battery, 2nd Battalion, 2/A Battery, 2/B Battery and finally the third line units and the regimental Depot. There is a combined regimental Roll of Honour, arranged alphabetically (officers and men together) There are three indexes, one of persons, one of places and one of units.


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