Private 44494 Arthur William Hinton

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Killed in Action on Wednesday, 23rd October 1918, age 20.
Buried in Grave I. E. 24. at Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.

2nd Bn., Suffolk Regiment. 76th Brigade of 3rd Division.

Son of William Hinton, of 2, Fisher St., Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Lichfield, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Park Chapel Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/175995/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
2 Fisher Street, Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
William Hinton (34, Foundry Labourer, born Dudley), his wife Elizabeth (34, born Dudley), and their 3 children: Lily (9, born Dudley), Elizabeth (7, born Tipton), and Arthur W. (3, born Tipton).

1911 Census
2 Fisher Street, Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
William Hinton (44, Labourer, born Dudley), his wife Elizabeth (44, born Dudley), and their 4 surviving children of 5: Lily (19, Warehouse Worker, born Dudley), Elizabeth (17, Tailoress, born Tipton), Arthur (13, born Tipton), and Annie (9, born Tipton).

Personal Data

After Arthur's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £3/2/9d (3 pounds, 2 shillings and 9 pence); this was paid to his mother and sole legatee, Elizabeth, in July 1919. His War Gratuity was £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his mother in December 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Arthur had enlisted within the previous 12 months.

Action resulting in his death

The German Spring Offensive had run out of steam by July 1918 without achieving a decisive breakthrough. From 8th August the Allies began what became known as the 'Hundred Days Offensive', where the Germans were consistently pushed back, leading ultimately to the Armistice on 11th November.

On 8th October 1918, the 2nd Canadian Division took Cambrai with light casualties. As the Allies pushed north-east German resistance stiffened, holding their line to the east of the River Selle. After a 6 day pause for preparation and artillery bombardment, the Allies attacked taking Le Cateau and crossing the River Selle on the 17th to 20th October. After another pause, the attack was continued on 23rd October.

During the night of 22nd-23rd October the 2nd Suffolks left Solesmes for their assembly positions in readiness for attack which commenced at 3.20am on the 23rd. Within two hours they had reached the outskirts of Romeries, and before sunset all their objectives had been secured, and battalion headquarters established in Escarmain. During the day the battalion captured a German battery, before withdrawing to Romeries on 24th October.

The War Diary records 114 Casualties, of these 9 Other Ranks were killed including Arthur Hinton. Arthur is buried alongside his comrades at Romieres Communal Cemetery Extension, 15 miles east of Cambrai.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 5th December 1918
Suffolk Regiment- Hinton, 44494, A., (Tipton).