|Sir Thomas Hunton|
General Sir Thomas Hunton in 1943
30 October 1885|
|Died||21 April 1970
|Years of service||1903–46|
|Commands held||Commandant General Royal Marines (1943–46
Portsmouth Division, Royal Marines (1938–41)
|Battles/wars||First World War
Second World War
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Member of the Royal Victorian Order
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Legion of Honour (France)
Knight of the Order of the Star of Romania
Hunton was born on 30 October 1885 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, the son on Theodore and Emma Maria Hunton.
Hunton joined Royal Marines in 1903 and served in the First World War before becoming Deputy Assistant Adjutant General of the Royal Marines in 1930 and Assistant Adjutant General of the Royal Marines in 1935. He served in the Second World War as Commander of the Portsmouth Division of the Royal Marines from 1938 and then as Adjutant General Royal Marines (and Commander of the Royal Marine Division) from 1941: it was under his guidance that the Royal Marine Division was broken up between July and September 1943 to provide six new Commandos. He was the first Commandant General Royal Marines from January 1943 until he retired in 1946.
Hunton married Margaret Mary France Steele on 8 September 1919 in Clifton, Bristol. He died on 21 April 1970 at Lympstone in Devon, his wife had died before him. They had a son, T D F Hunton, who also joined the Royal Marines.
Sir Alan Bourne
(as Adjutant-General Royal Marines)
|Commandant General Royal Marines
Sir Dallas Brooks