The Elusive Mrs Hunter

I wrote a post about Frank Hunter some time ago (see On Another Coast). I could not find the origins of his widow Lillian back then but even though I have so much time to spare this year I failed on a second attempt to trace her. I am not even sure where Ebenezer House was – their home when she received news of Frank’s death. If it was No. 1 Queen Street it must have been on the corner of Church Street, close to St Oswald’s, where Frank was (presumably) working as Sexton when the 1939 Register was compiled. It is sad to think of him returning to the sea to meet his maker. Not long after the war began, Frank and Lillian moved the very short distance to 4 Ebenezer Terrace – the house below with the drainpipe by the front door.

Photographed this morning.

It was the last address of Frank’s mother, Elizabeth Ann née Pearson.

Row 30 | 639 Hunter G496 | Open book

In loving memory of ELIZABETH ANN HUNTER, died 1st June 1940, aged 66 years.

Also, their son GEORGE HUNTER, died 17th Dec 1972, aged 71 years.

‘Resting in God’s keeping’

‘At rest’

Crimlisk Survey 1977

The Shared Tree hasn’t located Lillian yet. (I will add some Hunter sources tomorrow.)

Unexpectedly, a search this evening introduced me to another Frank Hunter.

Water 62 · Martin’s Ravine

On Another Coast

© David Dixon shared under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0 licence

These two cast iron iterations of Antony Gormley’s body gazed across the Elbe estuary for a while and now look from Brighton le Sands over the Crosby Channel towards North Wales.

In these waters 77 years ago, HMT Relonzo struck a mine and was sunk. There is a photograph of the vessel and a list of the nineteen crew at Wreck Site. The trawler went down near C10 Red Buoy and it seems that all the men aboard were lost. Relonzo had taken part in the Dunkirk evacuation the previous summer and in 1941 was engaged in The Battle of the Atlantic.

Frank HUNTER was one of the seamen who died on Relonzo.He was born in Hull in December 1908 to Filey-born parents George William and Elizabeth Ann née PEARSON. His memorial is in St Oswald’s churchyard and the stone also remembers his wife Lillian.


Lillian was also born a PEARSON but I haven’t been able to determine her parentage. The following brief item appeared in The Driffield Times on 25th July 1941.

Filey Man Killed

Mrs. Hunter, of Ebenezer House, Queen Street, Filey, has received word that her husband, Frank Hunter (32), has been killed by enemy action at sea. He leaves three children.

The record for one of the children is “closed” on the 1939 Register and so may still be alive. I added Frank and his siblings to FST today but will leave it to his family to enter more recent information.