Leslie George Richard Hunt
Son of George Hunt, and of Annie Jane Hunt, of Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand. Mining Engineer.
Leslie died at Ohama ( later renamed Fukuoka Branch Camp) POW camp. It was a coal mining operation at Hiroshima.
"HUNT.—By cable: On January 19, 1943, at Fukuoka prison camp, Japan, Second -lieutenant Leslie George Richard Hunt, late mining engineer, Thailand, only beloved son of Mrs A. J. Miller, Alexandra, and the late Petty-officer George Hunt, of Nottingham, England." OTAGO DAILY TIMES, ISSUE 25341, 27 SEPTEMBER 1943, PAGE 1
"The friends of our respected townswoman, Mrs A. J. Miller, and the public in general, will have the deepest sympathy with her, over the death of her son, 2nd Lieut. Leslie George Richard Hunt, who died in the Japanese prison camp "Fukuoka", on 19th January last, the sad news only reaching his mother on Friday last. Born at Salisbury, Whiltshire, England, in 1913, he came to Alexandra at the age of seven years and received his education at the local Primary and District High schools, later attending the Otago University and graduating as a mining engineer. About six years ago, he went to Siam under engagement to the Engineering firm of "David" Ltd., Singapore, and was there when the city fell to the Japanese. 'Les', as he was known to his many friends, was a splendid type of both boy and man, highly respected and esteemed for his upright principles and genial temperament. As a Boy Scout and Sunday School Teacher, to say nothing of his prowess in the fieId of sport, he leaves a record to be envied. ALEXANDRA HERALD AND CENTRAL OTAGO GAZETTE, 29 SEPTEMBER 1943, PAGE 2.
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