A PRINT FROM THE BOOK ‘A TIME TO FIGHT’ A very special limited to one single print only – Major Ted Hunt – signed on the bottom right in a bronze metallic Sharpie.
Ted was born in 1920 and in 1939 joined the Field Company Royal Engineers, part of the 49th West Riding Division and was deployed to Norway. The War Office then had thoughts about invading the continent so Ted joined the Inland Water Transport Company Royal Engineers with the prospect of learning how to handle invasion craft and then how to handle them on exercise on beaches on the Isle of Wight and in Devon.
Ted was commissioned as a Captain and commanded fifteen Rhino ferries on Gold Beach on D-Day. Eventually Ted was sent to Holland where he helped to design the longest floating Bailey bridge of World War II that crossed the river Mass. The bridge was 4,008 feet long and was opened on 19 February 1945.
In 1978 Ted was invited to become the Queen’s Bargemaster. The Bargemaster is responsible for getting the royal crown to Parliament. Each year for twelve years Ted had the great pleasure and delight of holding the Imperial State Crown in his hands for Her Majesty to wear as she arrived at Westminster. The Queen honoured Ted by making him a member of the Royal Victorian Order, her personal gift.