Thomas Hunton

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Sir Thomas Hunton
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General Sir Thomas Hunton
Born (1885-10-30)30 October 1885
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Died 21 April 1970(1970-04-21) (aged 84)
Lympstone, Devon, England
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch RoyalMarineBadge.png Royal Marines
Years of service 1903–1946
Rank General
Commands held Royal Marines
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Member of the Royal Victorian Order

General Sir Thomas Lionel Hunton KCB OBE MVO (30 October 1885–21 April 1970) was a Royal Marines officer who became Commandant General Royal Marines.

Early life[edit]

Hunton was born on 30 October 1885 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, the son on Theodore and Emma Maria Hunton.

Military career[edit]

Hunton joined Royal Marines in 1903 and served in World War I before becoming Deputy Assistant Adjutant General of the Royal Marines in 1930 and Assistant Adjutant General of the Royal Marines in 1935.[1] He served in World War II 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.[2] He was the first Commandant General Royal Marines from January 1943 until he retired in 1946.[1]

Family life[edit]

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 who also joined the Royal Marines.


Military offices
Preceded by
New Post
Commandant General Royal Marines
1943 – 1946
Succeeded by
Sir Dallas Brooks