HUNT, Edward Lawrence

1880 - 1949

Edward Lawrence Hunt was baptised at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on 28 July 1880, son of Edward Thomas Hunt, originally a fisherman, and his wife Mary Ann née Hunt, and in 1881 young Edward was living at 4 Camden Street West, Great Yarmouth with his 24-year-old mother Mary Ann and his sister, 6-year-old Mary Elizabeth, who was born at Wellington, New Zealand on 21 January 1874 and emigrated to England on 28 April 1874. In 1891, Edward, sen. was a 38-year-old fireman, living at Fire Brigade Station, Southwark Bridge Road, London with his 34-year-old wife Mary Ann and six children, Mary Elizabeth 16, Edward Lawrence 11, Gracie Watling 8, William Ewart 6, Henry Hendle 2 and newly born Arthur John, the last four born in Southwark. Ten years later Edward, sen. was chief fireman at the British Museum, living with his wife, young Edward, now a 21-year-old commercial traveller, and two siblings. Young Edward married at Southwark, London in 1903, Eveline Dawkins Digby (1 October 1880-22 April 1944) and they came to Ipswich and in 1907 set up the wholesale ironmongery business of E. L. Hunt Ltd in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich. In 1911, 31-year-old Edward, a wholesale ironmonger, and his 30-year-old wife were living at 'Hayton', Rushmere Road, Ipswich and was of Box Bush, Rushmere, Ipswich when elected to the Ipswich Borough Council and was Mayor of Ipswich 1937-1938. An honorary member of the Ipswich Art Society 1941-1949 but does not seem to have exhibited. Edward Lawrence Hunt (69), of Box Bush, Rushmere Road, Ipswich, a guest, collapsed and died during a fire at the Golden Lion Hotel, 10 King Street, Stirling on 23 August 1949, he had no issue and left an estate of some 81,000. The business was continued by his nephew Benjamin Hunt Thompson (1913-2004).