Joseph Hindle was born in April 1896 and was baptised on 10 May, 1896 at St. Thomas`s Church in Preston. He was the son of John and Sarah Ann Hindle (nee Melling).
Joseph`s parents married in Preston in 1890 and the 1911 Census notes that they had had fifteen children since they married but eight of those children had died by 1911. They were living at 13 Gladstone Street in Preston at the time but only four of the children were living at home with them, John (1894), Alice (1898), Matilda (1901) and Frederick (1906). Joseph was living away from home in 1911 and working as a farm servant for James and Margaret Cox on their farm in Longton just a few miles away from Preston.
On the 17 September, 1912 Joseph enlisted into the Army along with his pal James Garstang. Unfortunately there are no service papers for Joseph so information is a bit limited. However, at some point he was posted to the 1 st Battalion and allocated the number 10574.
He went with the 1 st Battalion to France disembarking on the 12 August, 1914. Joseph served alongside his pal James Garstang and in July 1917 they were both awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for their part in the actions of 10 th -11 th July that year. Extract from the Battalion War Diary 10 th July, 1917 About 6 a.m.
on the 10 th July the enemy commenced a heavy bombardment of the front system the river, Nieuport-les-Bains, and the back areas, Coxyde and Coxyde-les-Bains. This increased during the day and about 7.25 p.m. the enemy successfully attacked, taking our trenches up to the east bank of the river.
The two battalions in the front line were practically annihilated. An advance party, totalling four officers and thirty six other ranks, which went up to the left battalion in the early morning of the 10 th , was present during the attack, and of these only two men returned. The Battalion occupied the trenches on the west bank of the Yser as the front line, `A` and `B` Companies being in front and `C` and `D` in support.
After the attack the bombardment slackened slightly, but it was not until five the following morning that it really ceased. About 8 o`clock in the evening the enemy`s aeroplanes dropped bombs on Rinck Camp, which was occupied by details of the Battalion, and one man was killed and an officer and six other ranks were wounded, the officer and one of the men being attached. Total casualties for the day were four officers and thirty four other ranks missing, three officers and twenty eight other ranks wounded and two men killed .
Extract from The Battalion War History 11 July, 1917 The following day (11 th ) was spent reorganising the defence but about half past eight that night three men of the King`s Royal Rifles swam across from the enemy`s side of the river to report that there were still some twenty men on the further bank. As soon as this became known 23983 Private Higson who was one of the battalion scouts, secured a rope and swam across the Yser with it closely followed by Captain H.A. Pallant, M.C.
R.A.M.C. who was attached to the Battalion. The pair were responsible for bringing over the men who were not able to swim or who were exhausted.
All twenty of the King`s Royal Rifles were safely brought across. By the 31 July, 1917 the 1 st Battalion had been moved to Clipon Camp about one mile northwest of Mardyck village. The entry in the 1 st Battalion War Diary for this date reads; 31.7.17 10440 L/Cpl Garstang and 10574 Pte Hindle awarded D.C.M.
for conspicuous gallantry as Linesmen on July 10 th and 11 th in maintaining communications with new front line on West Bank of Yser Joseph`s D.C.M. Citation reads as follows:- After the news of the awards reached the families and friends back in Preston the local paper the Preston Guardian published further details which also included a photograph of Joseph. The article also mentions Joseph`s pal James Garstang.
Joseph was presented with his award by the Mayor of Preston, Alderman Cartmell on the steps of the Town Hall in Preston on 29 December, 1917. The Preston Guardian published an account of the ceremony. Joseph`s pal James Garstang had received his medal ribbons on the 25 August, 1917 from General Rawlinson during an inspection of the Division at Clipon Camp.
After the war ended Joseph eventually returned home to Preston and on the 18 January, 1919 he married twenty two year old spinster Jane Nelson in St. Aidan`s Church in Bamber Bridge. The marriage details record that Joseph`s occupation was still a soldier so he hadn`t been discharged from the Army when he married Jane.
As well as his Distinguished Conduct Medal Joseph also received the 1914 Star and British War and Victory Medals. Joseph Hindle died at the Chestnuts Sanatorium in Ribbleton, Preston on the 24 March, 1960 just a short while before his 64 th birthday. Author`s note: Four other men also received awards for their actions on the 10 th -11 th July, 1917 Captain H.A.
23983 Private Higson D.C.M. Military Medals Private Shannon and Private Sutcliffe Janet Davis 1 Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband.
In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help.
Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
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The 5-year contract will safeguard 100 jobs, and covers an array of design services including safety advice and elements of operational effectiveness for light, medium and heavy armoured vehicles. It also combines a number of existing support contracts into a more efficient and effective contracting agreement, saving taxpayers money. Adam Clark from BAE Systems with Philip Dunne Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology on a Challenger 2 tank Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright Philip Dunne MP, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support & Technology visited BAE Systems Combat Vehicles facilities at Telford today.
He said: This contract helps ensure that we sustain a battle-winning armoured vehicle fleet, as well as representing an important investment in armoured vehicles capability within the UK defence supply chain that safeguards UK engineering jobs. It is also essential that we deliver high-quality equipment and services at the best possible value for the taxpayer and are able to meet any future capability challenges. Major General Paul Jaques, the Ministry of Defence s (MOD) Director Land Equipment, said: Our vehicle fleet has played a vital role on recent operations and will continue to be a key part of the British Army s capability for years to come, so agreeing this 5 year support contract with BAE Systems is great news.
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Published time: January 19, 2015 14:13 Edited time: January 20, 2015 08:58 (screenshot from youtube video by All About Trans) After a long gender identity battle, a UK soldier has become the first openly transgender officer to serve in the British Army. Activists, however, argue gender transition is normal, urging the media not to sensationalize her story. Captain Hannah Winterbourne, who was born a boy, has revealed her transgender identity after claiming she was living life as an act.
An officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Winterbourne manages 100 soldiers. Now the highest-ranking transgender soldier in the British Army, she claims becoming a woman was harder than fighting in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan I was living an act, I was acting for everyone around me, she said.
The captain refuses to reveal her former male name to the media as she described it as a label from her past. Winterbourne, who was nervous about what people would think, said she believes it was a bit of a shock to some people, as it is not something they would have expected in the army. Her confidence as a woman grew once people realized her sex change didn’t make a difference to her performance at work.
At the end of the day, I can still do all the things I could do before I transitioned, she said. Despite the challenging transition, Winterbourne remains eager to excel in her army career as she pursues further promotion and aspires to become a senior trans role model. The British Army is a fantastic employer for trans soldiers.
She said its policies allow employees to get on with being soldiers, rather than being trans soldiers. Jennie Kermode, Chair of Trans Media Watch, told RT: We’re glad that Captain Winterbourne has a positive story to tell and we hope it will inspire more transgender people to feel confident about living openly. Kermode also praised the British Army for the good policies they have in place to help those seeking transition.
However she said that she hopes the media will avoid sensationalizing this case to allow Winterbourne to focus on her job. Many people transition at work these days and we look forward to a time when it is no longer seen as big news, she added. Winterbourne s case may not be treated as sensitively by armed services elsewhere in the world.
The US Army has faced outrage from LGBT activists over its treatment of Chelsea Manning, who was denied the right to transition while in custody for leaking military secrets to WikiLeaks in 2010. In order to begin hormone replacement therapy, Manning may be moved from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to a civilian prison to serve her 35-year incarceration. She and her network of supporters continue to lobby the Department of Defense for her gender realignment.
In Gary Gates and Jody Herman’s 2014 study on Trangender Military Service in the United States, the authors said: Transgender individuals who wish to join the US armed forces are prohibited from doing so if their transgender status is known. Moreover, they said if a transgender case is suspected, the officer could be medically discharged. Stephen Peters, a writer for the Human Rights Campaign blog, believes gender identity discrimination in the US Army is humiliating.
Despite demoralizing stereotypes of what a hegemonic male is assumed to be in the army, Captain Winterbourne’s case indicates significant institutional reform in the culture of the British forces.
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