Thomas Roderick Hinde

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Personal Details

Born: 11 June 1898 in Tilstock, Shropshire and baptised there on 7 August the same year.

Family: He was the third of five children of Joseph Henry Hinde, a carpenter, and his wife Elizabeth. He married Ruth Dorricott in 1926 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and together they had one child Roy E.

Residence: The family were living at 12 St. John’s Street at the time of the 1901 and 1911 censuses. In 1919 the Absent Voters’ Register gives his address as 38 Egerton Road, Whitchurch (still living with his family as his brother has the same address). In 1939 he was living at 9 Claypit Street Terrace with his wife and child.

Employment: In 1939 he was an assistant inspector of postmen working for the Post Office.

Died: In 1972 at Newport, Shropshire, aged 74

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Rank: Private

Service Number: 316002

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Medals and Awards

Thomas was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Victory Medal).

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

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