WHAT I KNOW…
DEATH OF A SUFFOLK REGIMENT CORPORAL (January 1939)
“We regret to announce the death of Corporal Eric Hunns, of the Suffolk Regiment, and youngest son of Mr and Mrs W Hunns, who passed away at his home on London Road, Brandon. He was aged 25 and joined the Suffolk Regiment in 1929. He had contracted TB while serving in India. Corporal Hunns’ Army career had seen him serve at Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Blackdown, Catterick, where he was made an Army Instructor, and then on to India where he joined his brothers who were also serving out there.
His funeral took place at St Peter’s Church on the afternoon of Tuesday 10th January, and his coffin was inscribed – “Eric Hunns, died 7th January 1939, aged 25 years.” A Union Jack flag was draped over his coffin.
The Rev R.L. Gardner (Rector) officiated and his coffin bearers were from the Depot Suffolk Regiment – Lance Sergeant Wyatt, Corporal Smith, Corporal Cook, Captain Barratt, Corporal Barnard, Lance Corporal French, Lance Corporal Dupuis and Drummer Weston.
The mourners were Mr and Mrs W Hunns (parents), Private J Hunns and Mr Henry Hunns (brothers), Miss June Forby (niece), Mr and Mrs Muteham, Mr R Bullock, Mr P Hyam, Mr R Cole, Mr A Gascoyne, Mr L Whalebelly (British Legion), Mr Thompson (Pearl Assurance Company), Mrs J Hunter (Salvation Army), Pastor Crawford (Brandon Baptist), Mrs A Wing, A/C Dent, A/C Croft and Corporal Edwards (R.A.F.), Mr Smith, Mr G Talbot, Mrs Henson and Miss V Palmer.
Floral tributes were from his dad and mum, Jane, Henry, John, Brandon Members of the British Legion, Mabel, Lieutenant J Lawrence (Suffolk Regiment), the Suffolk Regiment, Mr and Mrs Muteham and Violet.”