Charles Frederick Hunt

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We believe that Charles Frederick Hunt was originally born Frederick Charles Jarmany in Montreal Canada in 1869.


Frederick Charles Jarmany (also known as Fred) was born in about 1870 in Montreal, Canada (1881 census), Canadian Birth Register.

Charles Frederick Hunt was born in about 1870 in Montreal, Canada (Marriage certificate, 1891 and 1901 censuses)

All of Charles Frederick Hunt's children had the pre-surname Jarmany, ie were called Jarmany Hunt

Frederick Charles Jarmany's grandfather was called George Hunt Jarmany (Death record J/F/M 1872 )

Frederick Charles Jarmany's father was called William H Jarmany, a labourer, although we cannot be sure what the 'H' stood for.

Charles Frederick Hunt's father was called William Hunt, a labourer.

Charles Frederick Hunt had a yacht called 'Jarmany'


William H Jarmany was born in St Ives, Huntingdon in about 1837, the son of George Hunt Jarmany and Ann Jarmany. William H Jarmany and Sarah (nee unknown) married and had a son, William G Jarmany, born in 1863 in Upwell, Cambridgeshire.

The temporary move to Canada

At an unknown time between mid 1863 and 1865, most probably in 1864, William H Jarmany and Sarah Jarmany travelled, with little William G Jarmany, to Canada. At this time we don’t know why, but they went to Montreal. William H was registered as a bricklayer, and may well have had skills useful to the Canadians – for a short while - about this time the massive Montreal town hall was being built. However we also believe that he was in the army, and so, as the American Civil war raged south of the border, he may have had other reasons for being there.


Whilst in Canada, two more children were born:

Anne R Jarmany (born in Montreal in about 1865) and

Frederick Charles Jarmany (born in Montreal in about 1870)


Sometime between 1870 and 1872, the five of them (Parents: William H Jarmany and Sarah Jarmany, together with William G Jarmany, Anne R Jarmany and little Fred C Jarmany) travelled back to Europe, but stopped off in Ireland. Why, we have no idea.

Whilst in Ireland, three more children were born:

Grace E Jarmany, born in 'Ireland' in about 1872

Isabella F Jarmany, born in 'Ireland' in about 1874 and

Alfred E Jarmany, born in Limerick, Ireland in about 1876.



One further child was born to the family in late 1880 or early 1881:

Henry Jarmany, born in Burton on Trent (probably in Horninglow) in about 1880

The 1881 census shows the Jarmany family living at 151 Waterloo St, Horninglow. It comprised:

William H Jarmany, Head, aged 44, a General Labourer born in St Ives, Huntingdon

Sarah Jarmany, his wife, aged 43, a Midwife born in Ely, Cambridgeshire

and their children:

William G Jarmany, aged 18, a bricklayer, born in Upwell [Cambridgeshire or Norfolk]

Anne R Jarmany, aged 16, a dressmaker, born in Montreal Canada

Fred C Jarmany, aged 11, a scholar, born in Montreal Canada

Grace E Jarmany, aged 9, a scholar born in Ireland

Isabella F Jarmany, aged 7, a scholar born in Ireland

Alfred E Jarmany, aged 5, born in Limerick, Ireland

Henry Jarmany, months old, born in Burton, Staffordshire


We now lose track of Fred C Jarmany and pick up again Charles Frederick Hunt, who was also born Montreal Canada in about 1870.

Charles Frederick Hunt was, in 1891, a sergeant in the Royal artillery, aged 21 and single. On the night of Sunday 5th April 1891, he was based at Aldershot - 1st Division Field Artillery.


Subsequent to this he moved to Temple Michael, Longford which was his address at the time of his marriage to Bertha Pryke on 24th April 1893 in Playford Parish Church. The witnesses to this wedding were Edward Kidby - 2 M S R A [ = 2nd Master Sergeant, Royal Artillery] - and Sarah Pryke. The marriage was conducted by J M Freeman.

On the Marriage Certificate, of which we have a copy, Charles' father was shown as William Hunt, a Labourer, and Bertha's Father was John Pryke, a carrier.

Each of the children of this union was given the central name, or double-barrelled surname Jarmany Hunt.


From these facts, it is deduced that Frederick Charles Jarmany and Charles Frederick Hunt were one and the same person.

At the time of writing, we have no idea why the name change might have occurred, we have not traced any more of the Jarmany family given above, nor do we know where the name Hunt in the name of Frederick Charles Jarmany's Grandfather came from . . .

It is, of course, entirely possible that in changing his name from Jarmany to Hunt that Charles Frederick was merely reverting to a previous name. Why he did it then, in fact the whole reason for the change is subject to speculation.

Timeline if this is true

I was born in Montreal Canada in 1869 (author knows this to be the case), my parents were William and Sarah. My father was in the army and my mother was a nurse.

When I was just two years old, we moved from Canada to Ireland, where my father was stationed in Athlone and then Limerick, I think. Grace, Isabella and Alfred were born In Ireland. Isabella and Grace were probably born in Athlone, Alfred was born in Limerick.

After this spell in Ireland we returned in 1877 to England and moved to 151 Waterloo Street, Horninglow. I was just seven, coming on to eight at the time. We stayed in Horninglow until after 1881, because my father filled in a census for us then, however soon after that my parents [and many of my family] moved back to Canada to deal with the problems caused by the influx of Anglophiles from south of the border, where they did not like what was going on.

I was left with a clergyman, because I had decided, like my father, to join the army and, in 1883, underage, I now admit, at the age of 14 years and 3 months and with a height of just four feet seven and a half inches, I joined the army as a boy trumpeter.

In 1884 I was posted to Halifax, Nova Scotia and in 1885 to Gibraltar. I came back home to England in 1886, and by 1887 I was a bombardier in Devonport. By 1888 I had risen in the ranks to a corporal, and was stationed at Woolwich, and by 1890 I had moved to Aldershot and had been promoted to Sergeant.

I was stationed in Longford, near Stoke in 1892. Now, in all my moving around, I had had one good friend in RSM Edward Kidby, and he had courted and married a young lady by the name of Ellen Pryke. Ellen had a lovely young sister called Bertha. Bertha was so sweet (Ain't she sweet?). We married on 24th April 1893 in Playford Church with Regimental Sergeant Major Kidby and Bertha's sister Sarah as witnesses.

By 1896 I had risen to the rank of Company Sergeant Major - and we had a beautiful little daughter, Gladys, aged just one.

I left the army, in particular the 1st Suffolk and Hanover regiment, in 1908, but at the outbreak of war in 1914 I decided to go back, and enlisted into the army on 3rd October 1914.

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