RAMC Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
Eric Thomas Gaunt
1884 – 1917

Captain Eric Thomas Gaunt

MB ChB (Birm 1908)

6 Jan 1884 [Tardebigg Worcs] – 9 Oct 1917 [Belgium]

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Eric Thomas Gaunt (1884-1917)
(Courtesy Catherine McTaggart)

Captain Eric Thomas Gaunt RAMC was the second son of Dr John Penn Gaunt of Alvechurch, Worcestershire, and the brother of Lieutenant John Kennedy Gaunt. He was educated at King Edward's School Birmingham and at the University of Birmingham where he graduated MB ChB in 1908. He was resident obstetric assistant at Queen's Hospital Birmingham and house physician, assistant house surgeon and house surgeon at the General Hospital Birmingham.

Captain Eric Thomas Gaunt entered the army as lieutenant on 28 January 1910 and was promoted to captain on 28 July 1913. He was in Malta when war broke out and went to the front in 1915. He was killed in action on 9 October 1917, aged 33 years. On the day he died, he was at the regimental aid post (RAP) attending the wounded. He was in the act of dressing a wound outside the dug out, in the open, when a shell burst within three feet of him, wounding him in the back and head. He died instantly. He was buried at Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Service Record

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Death of Capt E T Gaunt
(Courtesy Catherine McTaggart)

10 Jan 1910 Appointed Lieutenant RAMC on probation and posted to Shorncliffe.

Oct 1911 Moved from Canterbury to Shorncliffe.

Jan 1912 Moved from Shorncliffe to Dover.

6 Sep 1912 Moved from Dover to Malta.

7 June 1913 On garrison duty.

13 July 1913 Home leave.

28 July 1913 Promoted Captain RAMC.

7 Sept 1913 Returned from leave.

1914 On garrison duty.

13 Apr 1914 Home leave.

14 June 1914 Returned from leave.

23 Sept 1914 Returned to England.

18 Jan 1915 Left for France with the British Expeditionary Force.

9 Oct 1917 Killed in action aged 33 years.