Egypt 1882-89, undated, with clasp El-Teb (E. Hunt 2 Captn Qr. Dk. Men H.M.S. Dryad)
Edward Hunt was born in Half Moon St, in Bishopgate in London on June 20, 1854. He joined the navy June 10, 1872 and served on HMS Peterel from 1873-1876 principally in the Pacific region.
In the 1881 census, Edward is on board HMS Monarch with 601 other souls. He is shown as married and his rating at the time was Captain of Mast. His next period of service was mainly on depot ships and on December 1883 he joined HMS Dryad.
He was promoted rapidly and by 1880 he was a P.O 2nd Class. Up until this point his conduct ranged from Very Good to Exemplary. However something occurred which caused him to be sentenced to two years H.L and be discharged from the service
69292 Edward Hunt parted company with the senior service in March 1884 and was discharged to Winchester prison to serve out his sentence in April of that year
At the time of the census in 1891, he is living with his wife Martha his mother Elizabeth and 4 kids. His occupation is a fishmonger and they are living above the shop. In 1901 he and Martha are at the same place,living with servants, the kids are all out of the home and Edward is shown as a Costermonger
Although Captain Douglas Morris states that only 2 medals with a single clasp El-Teb to Dryad were issued (the other being in his collection and sold at DNW in 1996) the roll published in the Naval Historical Collectors & Research Association publication Review based on ADM171/42 suggests that several more men were entitled to the clasp