Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison Gaunt Eric Thomas
Captain Eric Thomas Gaunt MB ChB (Birm 1908) 6 Jan 1884 [Tardebigg Worcs] – 9 Oct 1917 [Belgium]
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 — Eric Thomas Gaunt
10 Jan 1910 Appointed Lieutenant RAMC on probation and posted to Shorncliffe.
Entry No: 726. Drew R. 1968. Commissioned Officers in the Medical Services of the British Army 1690–1960. Vol. II. Roll of Officers in the Royal Army Medical Corps 1898–1960, London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
Succession Books Vol XXIII, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
Eric Thomas Gaunt. Br Med J (1917); 2: 564. (Published 27 October 1917).