Private 19088 William Henry Kinsey

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Died of Wounds on Thursday, 29th June 1916, age 37.
Buried in Grave II. A. 23. at Avesnes-Le-Comte Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas De Calais, France.

Royal Field Artillery, 28th Brigade, 65th Battery.

Son of Edward John and Mary Ellen Kinsey, of 57, Park Lane West, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Wolverhampton, Enlisted: Liverpool, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 19th August 1914.
Medal entitlement: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

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

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/75456/

Genealogical Data

Birth of William Henry Kinsey registered December quarter 1878 in Wolverhampton.

1901 Census
Falcon Villas, Shaw Road, Bushbury, Wolverhampton.
Edward Kinsey (49, Engine Fitter, born Dudley), his wife Mary E. (49, born Shrewsbury), and their 6 children: Elizabeth F. (23, Paste Fitter, born Wolverhampton), William H. (22, Cycle Fitter, born Wolverhampton), George R. (21, Cycle Fitter, born Wolverhampton), Annie E. (18, Milliner and Dressmaker, born Wolverhampton), Frederick C. (15, Clerk, born Wolverhampton), and Arthur (11, born Wolverhampton).

1911 Census
Bulford Hut Barracks, Bulford Camp Salisbury.
65th Battery R F A
Gunner Henry Kinsey (32, Gunner, Single, born Wolverhampton).

Personal Data

The Tipton Library Memorial shows WH Hinsey is the addenda secion. There was no casualty in the Great War named Hinsey, and only 26 on the 1911 census. This is an error and ought to show WH Kinsey who was killed serving with the Royal Field Artillery.

William's brother, Arthur Kinsey, was killed. He was also serving with the Royal Field Artillery.

Action resulting in his death

Henry was a pre-war regular with the Royal Field Artillery, landing in France on 19th August 1914, his 65th (Howitzer) Battery belonged to VIII (Howitzer) Brigade attached to the 5th Division. They were involved in most of the actions of 1914 - Mons, Marne, Aisne, First Ypres, and in 1915 Second Ypres and Hill 60.

The VIII (Howitzer) Brigade was broken up in June 1916, most sections going to 28th Division in Salonica, one section forming D (Howitzer) Battery, XV Brigade still attached to 5th Division. This must have included Henry's section, as they were just south east of Arras in late June 1916 when he was wounded, dying on the 28th June at one of the Casualty Clearing Stations at Avesnes-Le-Comte, about 12 miles west of Arras.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald August 5th 1916
Gunner W. Harry Kinsey of the R.F.A. (eldest son of Mr and Mrs E.J. Kinsey, of 57 Park Lane West, Tipton) has died from wounds received in action.