Based on a period inscription on the photo’s reverse side, this trooper of the 2nd Life Guards can be identified as No. 2066 Frederick James Hunt of Brighton, Sussex, the son of Frederick Marshall Hunt, a furniture dealer, and Lucy Dean Tatler.
Frederick James Hunt enlisted in the 2nd Life Guards at Regent’s Park Barracks, London on 9 January 1897 with his given age 21 years which would place his birthday in 1876. He is described as being 5 feet 11 1/2 inches tall, weighing 164 pounds with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. He also stated having previous military experience as a member of the 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers.
Hunt was posted in England until 3 December 1899 when he departed for South Africa. Seven months later Hunt succumbed to enteric fever at Bloemfontein (4 June 1900). Even though his active service was brief the Queen's South Africa Medal Roll confirms Hunt’s entitlement to that medal with the clasps "Bloemfontein" and "Cape Colony".
Hunt served about 2 1/2 years with the colours prior to his death.
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