Reginald John Hinsley

Reginald John Hinsley ©

Reginald John Hinsley ©

Date of birth: 5th February 1894
Place of birth: Birmingham
Service No.: 1346
Rank: Private
Regiment: Australian Infantry
Battalion: 13th
Died: 8th August 1915 aged 21 years
Death location: Gallipoli





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Before the War
Reginald was the youngest of 3 children born to parents the Reverend Isaiah (1857 – 15/02/1941) and Eliza Hinsley (nee Hall 01/08/1859 – ). The Reverend and Eliza were married in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire in 1881.  Reginald’s father was employed as a worsted carpet weaver.

Reginald’s siblings were:

Henry James (1887 – 1887)
Maria (1889)

On the 1901 census Reginald is living with his parents and sister at 105 Sidney Grove, Elswick, Northumberland.  His father is a Minister at a Catholic Apostolic Church.

By the 1911 census Reginald’s parents are living at 9 Silverdale Road, Southampton.  His father is priest at another Catholic Apostolic Church.

Reginald attended Tauntons College in the years 1907 to 1908.


Military History
Reginald was working as a clerk when he enlisted in the Royal Navy on 15th December 1909, aged 15.  He served on the training ship HMS Impregnable as a Boy 2nd class.  He was promoted to Boy 1st Class and served from 27th June to 7th September 1910, when he was discharged ‘by purchase’.  His father paid £20 for this discharge.

Reginald sailed from Southampton aboard S S Tortona on 15th November 1910 and arrived on Portland, Maine on 24th November 1910. Reginald’s destination was Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and his intended employment was as a clerk.

Whilst in Canada, Reginald enlisted in the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaughts Own Rifles), in Vancouver, Canada.  He served for nine months and left on his own accord.

It can then be assumed that Reginald travelled to Australia because it was whilst he was there, working as a labourer, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Liverpool, New South Wales on 16th December 1914.  He was posted to the 13th Battalion which was formed just six weeks after the start of the First World War in September 1914.  The 13th, together with 14th, 15th and 16th Battalions, formed the 4th Brigade.

Reginald sailed from Sydney on 11th February 1915 aboard HMAT Seang Bee; ship number A48, as part of the 2nd reinforcement of the 13th Battalion.

The Australian 4th Brigade landed in Gallipoli on 25th April 1915 with troops from New Zealand.  The small cove where they landed was named Anzac Cove and became the base for the Australian and New Zealand troops the eight months of the Battle of Gallipoli.  Between May and August the troops defended their front line. On 8th August 1915 the brigade attacked Hill 971 which resulted in many casualties, one of which was Reginald.  He was wounded on 7th August and died from his wounds the next day.

Reginald was awarded the 1914- 1915 Star, Victory and British War Medals.  The Memorial Plaque and Scroll were sent to his mother.

Reginald was buried on 8th August 1915 in a cemetery near to the left bank of Chailak Dere which was 2 miles north of Anzac Cove.

He is remembered at the New Zealand No. 2  Outpost Cemetery.  Reference: Sp. Mem. 11.  The Nelson Company of the Canterbury Infantry Battalion made the No 1 and 2 Outpost Cemeteries on 30th April 1915.  No 2 is one long grave which was made in September 1915. 183 Commonwealth servicemen from WW1 are commemorated here.

He is also remembered on the Australian War Memorial in Campbell, Australia.

A silk Union Jack flag was presented to the 13th Battalion by the Ulster Association of New South Wales.  This was to commemorate those who died at Gallipoli in World War 1.  It is located at Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

An inscription reads:
‘To the immortal memory of the 15 Officers and 385 Soldiers of the 13th Battalion A.I.F. who gave their lives at Gallipoli.
This flag laid up in this cathedral in 1916 has been restored.
Their Sacrifice – Our Heritage

He is also remembered on the Tauntonian World War 1 Roll of Honour of the Old Tauntonian Association.


Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1907 – 1908

Education and Employment: Reginald was born in 1894 in Birmingham. His father was a church minister and they lived on Silverdale Road in Southampton. After leaving Taunton’s, Reginald went to Canada, then to Australia where he worked as a labourer.

Life during the war: Reginald served as a Private in Vancouver for 9 months prior to moving to Australia. He then enlisted in December 1914 in Liverpool, New South Wales. He served with the 13th Battalion of the Australia Imperial Force and they left Sydney on 11th February 1915. He was wounded in action at the Gallipoli Peninsula on 7th August 1915 and died of his wounds the next day. He was buried in the No. 2 outpost cemetery 2 miles north of Anzac Cove.

Reginald died on 8th August 1915 aged 21 years.


Researcher: Jackie Chandler
Published: 25th July 2013
Updated: 30th August 2015

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