HINKLEY, Sigfried Thomas

Second Lieutenant, Royal “C” Coy, 6th Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Born

April 1897
Son of the Rev. William Hinkley and Mrs. Edyth Hinkley of Meadowland, Headington, Oxford.

Education

Blundell's School, “Day Boy”, for a year from the age of 11; January 1909 – Christmas 1909.

Trench Diaries

The 6th Bn. East Kent Regiment were part of 37th Brigade, 12th (Eastern) Division. On the 1st July the Regiment were at Millencourt and moved on the 2nd July to trenches facing Ovilliers from which they attacked on the 3rd July 1916 with two companies moving forwards at about 3.30am. The German line was bombed but the companies had to withdraw with a loss of 274 casualties when the supply of bombs ran out.

Death

3rd July 1916, aged 19.
Ovilliers, Somme, France.

Burial/Commemoration

Grave V F 10.
Ovilliers Military Cemetery, a battle cemetery behind a dressing station on the Somme, France.

Memorial

His headstone is at 50°01’42” N 002°41’31”E.
The family chose to have the inscription “In undying remembrance. Until the day dawn and the shadows flee away. E.H., W.H., V.H.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
The National Archives, Public Records Office, Kew WO 339/41844
The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 5304
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 25/512
“British battalions on the Somme” WESTLAKE, R. (2004) Pen and Sword
Field visit (JEA & GRY 28/7/2006)

 

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