Hector Pretoria HINDMARSH

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HINDMARSH , Hector Pretoria

Service Number: 2100
Enlisted: 18 July 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 37th Infantry Battalion
Born: 24 Rectory Road, Fulham, London, England, 1900
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Messines, Belgium, 8 June 1917
Cemetery: Strand Military Cemetery
Strand Military Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. ANZAC section 3rd Echelon: Plot 5, Row A, Grave 12
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia)
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World War 1 Service

18 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2100, 43rd Infantry Battalion
28 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2100, 43rd Infantry Battalion
28 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2100, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Adelaide
8 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2100, 37th Infantry Battalion, Messines

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Biography contributed by St Aloysius College

Hector Pretoria Hindmarsh was a soldier who fought in the First World War (World War 1) from 1914 to 1917. He was born on March 18th 1900 at 24 Rectory Road, Fulham in London. He was the 4th son and had 6 siblings. His parents were Thomas Henry Hindmarsh and Elizabeth Hindmarsh. Hector took the name Pretoria after his uncle George Hindmarsh who was in the British army and fought in Pretoria and South Africa. Hector lived in London until he was 11 years old when on September 1st 1911 his parents decided to sail from Tilbury Docks for re-settlement in Adelaide, SA. The ship arrived at Port Adelaide on November 7th 1911.

The religion Hector participated in was the Church of England and he was baptised on May 6th 1900 at St. Dionis Church, Parsons Green, Fulham. Hector was 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall and weighed 57.1 kilograms (126lbs) and had brown hair and brown eyes. He had no scars or any facial features that stood out differently. His relationship status was single and he had no spouse. On the 18th of June 1916 Hector enlisted in the army. He was only 16 1/2 years of age and lied about his age at the enlistment saying he was aged 18 years and 4 months old. 

Hector’s service number was 2100 and his rank was a private. On August 28th 1916 Hector departed on the A68 HMAT Anchises to England and he arrived in Plymouth on September 11th. He was with the 43rd Infantry Battalion from the 10th August for 3 months. Hector joined the 43rd Battalion at Lark hill on the Salisbury and he trained in trench warefare.

On September 27th 1916 the 43rd Battalion was reviewed by King George V and approved but just over one month later on November 11th 1916 Hector was re-mustered to the 37th Infantry Battalion which meant he had to relocate to Lark Hill. Shortly afterwards he got moved on November 22nd Hector was embarked to a ship to France with the Battalion to the Western front. The 37th Battalion was then moved to Ypres in Belgium.

Unfortunately on June 8th 1917 Hector Pretoria Hindmarsh was killed in action at Messines, Belgium. He was just aged 17 years and 3 months old. He had served just over 1 year of service in the 3rd division A.I.F and he had been in the front line for approximately 6 months. Hector received two service medals: the Victory medal and British War medal. The British war medal was a medal from the United Kingdom and they were received by men who worked in imperial sources and soldiers who fought in World War 1.

Hector was buried at the Strand Military Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut in Belgium in the ANZAC Section of the Cemetery. He also has a memorial at a Military Cemetery in Ploegsteert Wallonie, Belgium. His work was heavily appreciated by his family, friends and peers.

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