Albert “Bertie” Victor Hinves

Date of birth: 26th August 1887
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Devonshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 290998
Died: 26th March 1918, aged 30 years
Commemorated: Pozieres Memorial, France

 

Bertie was the youngest of 8 siblings born to Thomas and Mary Ann Hinves (nee Parsons), who married in Southampton in 1867.

 

The family latterly lived at 11a Lisbon Road, Shirley.

 

Thomas, a sailmaker, was born in Southampton in 1843 and he died in Shirley in 1905.

Mary was born in Romsey in 1847 and she passed away in Southampton on 25 March 1928. She left £490 7s 8d to her son William.

 

William was also bequeathed £174 12s 1d from Bertie.

 

Siblings

Thomas William   b. 1868 Southampton   d. 1871 Southampton

Annie Louisa   b. 1871 Southampton   d. 1952 New Forest   Married Arthur John Andrews in Shirley in 1892.

Edith KATE   b. 1873 Southampton   d. 1936 Southampton   Married Tom Henry Bowyer in Shirley in 1898 (no children).

Thomas WILLIAM   b. 1875 Southampton   d. 1939 Southampton

Frederick Charles   b. 1878 Southampton   d. 8 March 1947 West End   Left £33 7s 4d to his brother Frank.

Walter George   b. 1880 Southampton   d. 1906 Shirley

Frank   b. 22 October 1883 Southampton   d. 1955 Southampton   Married Amelia MAUD Hutchins in Southampton in 1910.

Albert Victor

 

The 2nd Devonshires were in Cairo at the outbreak of war, and returned to England on 1 October 1914.

They came under the orders of the 23rd Brigade in the 8th Division, and landed at Le Havre on 6 November 1914.

 

Bertie almost certainly joined the battalion after its arrival on the Western Front and he was very lucky to survive as long as he did.

 

The battalion lost hundreds of men throughout the campaign; 250 at Aubers Ridge in May 1915 and 232 at La Boiselle in July 1915 alone.

 

The last big German offensive of the war began on 21 March 1918. The 2nd Devonshires were in reserve at the time.

Rushed to Peronne, they held off several German attacks on the 24th and 25th, suffering a further 322 casualties.

 

It must be assumed that Bertie was one of these casualties, although his body was not recovered.

 

The Memorial relates to the period of crisis in March & April 1918, when the Allied 5th Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields.

 

It commemorates over 14000 UK casualties who had no known grave and who died on the Somme between 21 March and 7 August 1918.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th September 2016
Updated:

 

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