Lt James John Huntingford QSA, KSA

1879 Jan 31. Born Peterfield, Hampshire (from RIC record, and from his enlistment)

1881 census living at Broadland Cottages, Sheet, Hants

1891 census living at Little Farleigh Green, Surrey

1895 Nov. Enlisted in Devon Regt.

1901 census. A Private in the Army at St Peter, Jersey

1903 Sep. Discharged - he was a corporal on discharge

1907 Apr 24. Married Godstone, Surrey to Eliza Annie Coomer.

1909 Apr/Jun Born child John Albert E Huntingford, died age 3.

1911 Jan 28 Child born Joyce Audrey Eunice Huntingford

1911 census living at 1 Woodley Terrace Plough Road West Ewell Epsom. His profession is "asylum attendant" at Long Grove Mental Hospital, Epsom. Long Grove Hospital opened in 1907 on land in Epsom acquired by the London County Council.  It accommodated 2,149 patients.  Between 1907 and 1948 it was administered by the Asylums Committee, later Mental Hospitals Committee, of the London County Council. 

1914 Sep 7. Enlists in Devonshire Regt. He was a male nurse

1914 Dec 2. landed in France with Devonshire Regt. He was in 3rd Reserve battalion, and must have been called to the colours after the 1st Battalion or 2nd Battalion went to France, and joined them there. His aunt Mrs Yoxall is given as his next of kin.

1915 Apr 20. Posted as "servant to officer"

1915 Oct 14 Servant to Major Street (this would appear to be Major Harold Street, DSO)

1917 Feb 2. Back to UK

1917 Jul 31 Commissioned. Devon Regt.—James John Huntingford. And served with Duke of Wellingtons Regt as a 2nd Lt.

1918 Jan 5. Fell into a shell hole and fractured ribs. At night in the trenches

1919 Feb 1. The undermentioned 2nd Lt. to be Lt. 3rd Devon. Regt. J. J. Huntingford.

1919 Dec 1. Demobilised

1920 Apr 1. Relinquishes his commission 3rd Devon. Regt.- Lt. J. J. Huntingford, and retains the rank of Lt.

1920 Sep 28. Joined ADRIC service number 637. Posted to F Coy

1920 Nov 26 Promoted Section Leader

1921 May 11.Promoted Platoon Commander, 3rd Class District Inspector

1921 May 13 In charge of raids in Dublin

1921 May 25. Suffered slight abrasions at Custom House Burning

1921 May 29 Raids in Dublin

1921 Jul 3 to 17 Jul on Leave

1921 Aug 29 to 12 Sep on Leave

1922 Jan 17. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Gives evidence at an enquiry into cruelty at the Mental Hospital he had worked at.

1925/1926. The court case shows he was working as Secretary and "constant companion" to Sir John McLeavy Brown, CMG who died in April 1926. Sir John was appointed Counselor to the Chinese Legation in London in 1913, a position he held until his death in 1926.

1926 Oct 4. The Secretary of Long Grove Mental Hospital, Epsom, writes to War office for his army record of pay. Which is sent

1939 Register. "Unpaid domestic duty" at Walland Manor Lodge , Uckfield

1940 Walland Manor, Wadhurst "I left school before 1 was fourteen to take a kitchen maid's job at Walland. The wages were 12/6d a week and I lived in. I had one afternoon off but had to be back for 8 p.m. I had to get up at 5 a.m. to clean out and polish a great kitchen range. I managed to get rather dirty doing this and my mother wondered why my aprons got so black. The owner Major W H Mullens, who I never saw, was cared for by Captain Huntingford from his regiment. We thought him rather odd as we were not allowed to hang out washing in the garden. The house had lovely old beams and a grand garden with a pond full of fish. During the summer while I worked there the 'Battle of Britain' was being fought and at night incendiary bombs were dropped in the woods".

Walland Manor

1940 May. Their only child Joyce married. Her parents address is given as Oast House, Wallands, Wadhurst

1946 Jan 8. Died Tonbridge, Kent. Probate to his widow