A C.B. group of four to Colonel J.V.Hunt, Bengal Staff Corps,
Lot 105
A C.B. group of four to Colonel J.V.Hunt, Bengal Staff Corps,
Sold for £2,640 (US$ 4,237) inc. premium

Lot Details
A C.B. group of four to Colonel J.V.Hunt, Bengal Staff Corps,
The Most Honourable order of the Bath, C.B. Companion's breast badge, in gold and enamel; India General Service 1854-95, one bar, Umbeyla (Captn J V Hunt. Sub Asst Comy Genl); Indian Mutiny 1857-58, no bar (Lieut I.E.Hunt, 23rd Punjab Infy); Afghanistan 1878-80, one bar, Ali Musjid (Lt-Col.J.V.Hunt. C.B. Asst Comsy Genl.). No top buckle for the C.B., slight enamel flaking to one arm of the CB, otherwise very fine or better. (4)

Footnotes

  • C.B. London Gazette 21.9.1879.

    Colonel James Vere Hunt was born on 14 June 1834 and baptised 16 August 1834 at St.Paul's, Colombo, Ceylon, son of Thomas Bloomfield Hunt. Lieut HM 97th Regt., and his wife Ann (they married in Cork, Ireland, 9th Jan 1827). Received a classical and mathematical education at Clonmel School, Ireland, 1847. Friars School, Bangor, North Wales 1848, under Mr Edward Staines of 9 Salisbury Place, New Road, London 1848-49 and under Mr G.Clarke of Bathwick Hill School, Bath. Nominated as a Cadet for the East India Company's Bengal Infantry, season 1850/1, by Sir John Hobhouse, President of the board of Control, at the recommendation of Ralph Osborne, MP. His father was then Lt & Paymaster, HM 80th Foot. Passed the Miltary Committee at East India House, London 18th Dec 1850. Embarked from Southhampton by the steamer Ripon 20th Dec 1850, to travel to India via the 'overland route'(via Marseilles and Egypt) Commission as Ensign dated 20th Dec 1850. Arrived at Calcutta 1st Feb 1851. To duty with the 14th Bengal Native Infantry 24 Feb 1851. Posted to 45th Bengal Native Infantry 30th June 1851. Passed as an interpreter 29th Feb 1856. To act as Interpreter and Quarter Master to his regiment 3rd May 1856. Also to officiate as Interpreter to 10th Bengal Cavalry 20th June 1856. Lieutenant 6th Sept 1856.
    Saved with the Field Force under General van Cortlandt as second-in-command of Cortlandt's Levy engaged in the action at Khyrekie in June 1857. Second-in-command of 23rd Punjab Infantry 2nd Jan 1858. Mutiny medal without claps, actions of Adawalla, Khyrekie, Hisar, Mungallee and Narnoul. To act as Sub-Assistant Commissary General, Bengal Army Commissariat Department 21st June 1858. Transferred to the Commissarat Dep.30 th Oct 1858. Appointed to the Bengal Staff Corps 18th Feb 1861. Sub Assistant Commissary General 2nd Class 11th Feb 1862. Captain 20th December 1862. Served with the force to Eusufzie(Second Expedition) 18th Oct 1863 under Brig-Gen Sir N. Chamberlain and subsequently under Maj-Gen Sir J. Garrock. Present at Umbeyla. Medal with claps. Sub-Assistant Commissary General 1st Class 5th April 1865. Major 20th Dec 1870. Deputy Assistant Commissary General 2nd Class 4th Dec 1871. Served in the Duffla Expedition 1874-75. MID Govt. of India GO 375/1875. Deputy Assistant Commissary General 1st Class 23rd April 1876. Lieutenant Colonel (Colonel's allowances) 20th Dec 1876. Assistant Commissary General 2nd Class 22 Nov 1879.
    Served in Second Afghan War 1878-80. Present at capture of Ali Musjid MID Govt.of India Go 610/1879. CB, Medal with clasp. Deputy Commissary General 22nd Feb 1881. Colonel 1st Jul 1881. Commissary General 20th in Chief 30th Jun 1885. Permitted to reside out of India from 4th Jan 1889. Died 19th June 1890 Vevery Southerland.

    NOTE:The initials on the Mutiny Medal are I.E which are obviously a mistake by the issuing authority,there being no I.E.Hunt in the 23rd Punjab Infantry. In fact there was no I.E.Hunt in theIndian Army!
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