Dr Henry John HUNT J.P. M.R.C.S. L.R.C.P. 
- Born: 19 Jan 1841, Melksham WIL
- Marriage (1): Ada Frances JULIUS  on 29 Jul 1868 in St Helens HAM
- Died: 1909, London. aged 68
Henry practiced at Richmond Surrey and Harrogate Yorkshire. He retired to Brighton in 1897 after distinguished service to his community.
Henry was aged 27 at his marriage
MR. H. J. HUNT, J.P.
A link has been severed from the chain of social and political life in Harrogate by the retirement of Mr. H. J. Hunt, J.P., from any farther participation in the town's affairs. The step taken by Mr. Hunt-wbilst a great loss to the borough-will, we trust, prove to be of lasting benefit to that, gentleman. Though Mr. Hunt has not taken his indefatigable part in public matters during the past few months, it is only within the last day or two that definite intimation has been received as to his early proposals.
A short time ago Mr. Hunt, we regret to say, did not enjoy that robust health which his many friends would have liked; but, after a short rest, he returned to Harrogate, a few days ago, to complete certain necessary business matters, and has now left Harrogate for a tour throughout the summer. It is his intention to return in the autumn, but only, we regret to say, to take the opportunity of saying good-bye to his many friends and admirers.
During this gentleman's residence amongst us-extending over 20 years he has associated himself with everything that has been for the benefit of the town, and has always been willing with his purse and eloquence to further any worthy object of individual, local, or national character. It is not our intention to refer to the many parts Mr. Hunt has played in Harrogate, but there are one or two which we should like to refer to. As a medical gentleman he was one of the leading doctors in the town, and early in his connection with Harrogate was associated with Dr. Short, an old Harrogate resident. The partnership, however, did not last long owing to the death of the later gentleman, but Mr. Hunt soon built for himself a reputation that will linger in the memory of a large number of our visitors and residents for many years to come. Latterly Hr. Hunt bas been associated with Dr. F. N. Ozanne.
As a politician Mr. Hunt was always a Staunch Conservative loyal supporter of the Government ; and the local Primrose League (of which organization he was for some time Ruling Councillor) has lost, let us hope only temporarily, a true and trusted friend. He was also a prominent member;of the Ripon Division Central Conservative Association ; and, whenever the opportunity presented itself, he was found on the political platform supporting our worthy and respected Member, the Right Hon. John Lloyd Wharton. In his retirement the Church has also lost a devoted son and he, for some years, was president of the Harrogate Church Institute. He was also associated with the Harrogate Nursing Association, was a vice-president of the Harrogate Cricket Club, for many years president of the La- Club, and a supporter of all outdoor sports. He was also & County and a Borough Justice.
As an educationist, it was not until a year ago that Mr. Hunt allowed himself to be nominated on the School Board; though, prior to this, as a Churchman, he took a deep interest in the welfare of the Church day schools in the town. At the School Board election, a year ago, the general public had an opportunity of showing their respect for our worthy townsmen, and the members of the Board added to this by appointing him their chairman-an action that met with universal satisfaction; and Mr. Hunt's conduct in the chair, and his fair and impartial dealing at a time when it was never more needed, has proved that the selection was a wise and entirely satisfactory one. This vacancy will have to be filled sooner or later, and we believe that it is in the power of the Board to co-opt a member to fill the vacancy; the usual custom being to fill it by a gentleman of the same party as the one who retires. From what we can gather this course will, be adopted.
But this is by the way. We trust that the change Mr. Hunt is seeking will be of permaneut benefit to him ; and when we say we regret that he has found it necessary to sever his is connection with a community which honours and respects him, we are but voicing the unanimous feeling of the whole of the people of Harrogate.
Ref HA/541/11253 Bury R.O.
Julius Jottings. No 2 April 1900.
We are sorry to hear of the serious illness of Mr Hunt, of Harrogate, but hope that, as he is on the mend, he may soon be able to get away for change.
The residents of Harrogate and a large number of visitors received with deep regret. the intelligence that Mr. Henry James Hunt, J.P., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., passed away an Sunday. During a residence of some 30 years in Harrogate he gained the confidence and the highest respect, of all whose privilege it was to become acquainted with him ; it could with all truth be said of him " He was one of nature's gentlemen." His urbanity of manner, his genial nature, generous disposition, and broadmindedness made him ode of the most popular men of his day and Harrogate was the poorer when he decided to sever his connection with the town some short time age, but his memory will live for many years to come
Mr. Hunt came to reside in Harrogate about the year 1879, and entered into partnership with Dr. Short, who, however, was taken seriously ill at the time, and he died a few days after his partner's arrival in the town. Mr. Hunt at that time lived at Beech Lodge, and some years later resided at Sheen house, and took Dr Ozanne into partnership. This continued up to a short time ago, when falling health compelled the deceased gentleman to relinquish his work.
During his later years in Harrogate he resided in Beech Grove. No one took a keener interest in matters affecting the welfare of Harrogate than the deceased gentle man, and he was never appealed to in vain to give of his talents, time, and money to further the interests of the town of his adoption. He was an ornament to his profession, and naturally filled the post of president to the Harrogate Medical Association with dignity ; in fact, he added prestige to any matter he took in hard. He was president of the West Riding Medical Charitable Society when its meeting was held here 10 years ago.
He was a Churchman and attended regularly the services held in the old St Mary's Church, and was a liberal contributor to Church funds,taking a particular interest in the choir at that time. The Church Institute in those days had no loyal supporter; he was one of the founders and was elected to the presidential chair in succession to the Rev T. Sheepshanks.
As a member of the Conservative Party he did not take any extreme view, and the only office of importance he filled was that of Ruling Councilor of the local branch of the Primrose League in succession to the late Mr Richard Carter, an office he filled to the entire satisfaction of the officials and associates.
As an educationist he was a supporter of the Church schools naturally, and when a School Board was formed he was approached and eventually acceded to the request of numerous friends and was elected a member of the Harrogate School Board in September, 1899, and was appointed chairman. Here he displayed considerable tact, and discharged his duties without prejudice. Unfortunately he felt it his duty to resign in Jun , 1900, and Mr. H.Milling J.P. was appointed to the post.
The deceased gentleman was a lover of sport, and was for many years a vice-president of the Harrogate Cricket Club. He was also for some time president of the Harrogate Lacrosse Club, and the junior cricket, football, swimming, and other clubs could always count upon Mr. Hunt figuring in their subscription list.
As a platform speaker he had few equals ; he was eloquent and when necessity demanded he could be racy. He had a remarkably clever grasp of a variety of subjects, and on more than one occasion it was due to his good offices, that several local difficulties were solved and friction in local matters averted. Some short time ago when it was known he was leaving Harrogate his intimate friends made him a small presentation as a slight memento of the association of one who has been justly termed a fine English gentleman.
Mr. Hunt, who was in the 69th year of his age, leaves a widow and one son (Dr. George Hunt) to mourn his loss, Mr Hunt had been in poor health for the last three or four years, and had not settled down in any particular district since leaving Harrogate. Lately, having got worse, specialists were called in, and an operation decided upon. This took place in London ten days ago, and, though he appeared to be doing well at first, he took a bad turn on Sunday, and died at midnight.
The deceased was buried in Richmond (Surrey) Cemetery Thursday, his nephew, the Rev. E. V. Form, officiating. Many beautiful wreaths were sent from Harrogate and district, including those from Lord Faber, Louisa, Lady Walker of Sandhutton ; the Harrogate Medical Society, Col, and Mrs. Wood, of Newton -le-Willows ; Dr, Gibson. Dr, and Mrs. Ozanne, Miss Carnochan Miss Allen, Mr and Mrs. Garnett , Mrs. Richtering, Mrs Cecil Jones, Mrs and Miss Woodhouse, Miss Savory.
A further obituary to Henry is on file 2001. Bury ref HA541/11253
Marriage FHL Film 1470890
1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Bath Buildings Melksham Wiltshire. Henry is recorded as a son aged 10 a scholar born Melksham
2. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, High St Melksham Wiltshire. Henry is recorded as a son aged 20 a medical student born Melksham
3. Census: Engalnd, 2 Ape 1871, Petworth Sussex. Henry is recorded as head of house married aged 30 a member of the college of surgeons born Melksham
4. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Beech Lodge Bilton cum Harrogate YKS. Henry is recorded as head of house married aged 40 a general practitioner born Melksham
5. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Kemp Town Brighton SSX. Henry is recorded as a boarder married aged 50 a surgeon and JP of Harrogate born Melksham
6. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Devonshire Plc Brighton Sussex. Henry is recorded as head of house married aged 60 a retired physician born Melksham WIL
Henry married Ada Frances JULIUS  [MRIN: 184], daughter of Dr Frederick Gilder JULIUS MD FRCS  and Ellen Hannah SMITH , on 29 Jul 1868 in St Helens HAM. (Ada Frances JULIUS  was born on 29 May 1849 in Richmond SRY, christened on 29 Jun 1849 in St Mary Magdalen Richmond SRY, died on 9 Apr 1942 in London. and was buried in Richmond Cemetery..)