Private John Hinson

Private John Hinson, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 15th September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He fell in an assault on German positions near Mametz Wood which was only partially successful. The Battalion suffered heavy casualties with 3 Officers and 40 Other Ranks killed and 7 Officers and 219 Other Ranks Wounded. In addition 74 Other Ranks were posted missing. ( In Great War Parlance missing usually meant killed ). The artist’s illustration shows the grim type of fighting that took place in and around the Somme woods.

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