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Private Richard Hunt

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 11 November 2011

In this final programme of the series, Jeremy Vine meets the mother of Private Richard Hunt on the family farm in Abergavenny.

Hazel Hunt shares memories of her son and the music he loved to listen to. Talking through a list of his favourite songs, she paints a picture of the young sniper who was a drummer in a band.

Richard was seriously wounded in Afghanistan when an Improvised Explosive Device went off under the Warrior he was driving. He was flown back to Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham where he died with his family and friends at his bedside.

They have since set up a charity in memory of their own Welsh Warrior. The Richard Hunt Foundation helps Welsh soldiers to cope with the physical and mental scars of war and offers support to their families.

Producer Jill Misson.

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  • Private Richard Hunt

    Private Richard Hunt

    Photo used with kind permission of Hazel Hunt.

  • Producer Jill Misson on making the series

    Producer Jill Misson on making the series

    "I never thought I would sit at my desk with tears rolling down my cheeks.

    My colleagues are now used to the sight of me sobbing and it's one guaranteed way to get them to make you a cup of tea. It still surprised me though the first time I saw Jeremy Vine wiping a tear from under his glasses.

    It was Jeremy who came up with the idea for this special series for Remembrance week. Each programme features an interview with the mother of a fallen soldier in which she tells the story of his life and his death and shares the songs he loved to listen to.

    The soundtrack is an eclectic mix from rock to rap to rave. There's a football chant, a soaring school hymn, a party anthem and a beautiful piece of classical cello. The music takes the mothers back to a particular time or place and the memories that emerge paint a picture of the son she lost."

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    "For me personally, meeting these mums has been the most important and moving thing I have done in 25 years in journalism."

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