Hind, Ernest William Gayles

Hind, Ernest William Gayles (Ernest)

Corporal

No. 17882, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Second Lieutenant

15th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 22)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Holywood and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Bangor Grammar School

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s) War Memorial Plaque

Bangor Parish Church Honorary Society of Bell Ringers Roll of Honour

Church Bell Ringers’ Memorial Book 1914 – 1918 (Book 2)

Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James)

BIOGRAPHY

Ernest William Gayles Hind was born on 8 March 1894 at 21 Ashley Avenue, Belfast and he was the eldest son of William Edward and Adelaide Hind (nee Reid) who were married on 10 April 1891 in St Thomas’s Parish Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  William Edward Hind of 4 Belgravia, Belfast was a son of Joseph Gayles Hind, a mill director.  Adelaide Reid of 15 Mount Charles, Belfast was a daughter of Robert Reid, a stockbroker.

Ernest’s father was born in Moscow, Russia and his mother was born in Liverpool.  William Hind was a merchant and commission agent and he and Adelaide had at least eight children:

Unnamed male child (born 24 May 1892 at 21 Ashley Avenue, Belfast)

Ernest William Gayles (born 8 March 1894 at 21 Ashley Avenue, Belfast)

Norman Elphinstone (born 7 April 1895 at 21 Ashley Avenue, Belfast)

Charles (born 4 June 1896 in Osborne Park, Belfast)

William Edward (born 27 May 1897 in Osborne Park, Belfast)

Francis Parr (born 1 December 1899 in Princetown Road, Bangor; baptised in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church)

Adelaide (born 8 May 1901 in Princetown Road, Bangor)

Annie Caroline Daish (born 5 June 1903 in Ardbraccan House, Bangor)

After the Hind family moved from Belfast to Bangor where they lived in Princetown Road, Downshire Road and Clifton Road.  Later the Hind family moved to The Cottage, Demesne Road, Holywood.

Ernest Hind attended Bangor Grammar School from 1905 to 1908.

Before the Great War, Ernest Hind worked as an accountant’s apprentice in the firm of Messrs W.T. Graham & Co, Accountants, Scottish Temperance Building, Belfast.  He was in the Ulster Volunteer Force and he was also a member of Bangor Rugby Football Club.

Edward Hind joined the 1st County Down Volunteers and on 31 December 1914 he obtained a commission in the 15th (Service) Battalion (North Belfast) Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.  It was reported in the County Down Spectator that he was about to go into training with the Royal Flying Corps when he was killed in action on 1 July 1916.  He had three brothers serving in the Army – Norman and Charles in the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and William in the South Wales Borderers.  On 14 October 1914 Norman obtained a commission in the 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and Charles was taken Prisoner-of-War in March 1918.

Second Lieutenant Ernest Hind was 22 when he died and he has no known grave.

Second Lieutenant Ernest Hind is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; on Holywood and District War Memorial; in the RBL Album in North Down Museum (Page 29) and on the Memorial Plaques in the RBL Bangor Branch, Bangor Parish Church of Ireland (St Comgall), Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James) and Bangor Grammar School.

Ernest Hind was a member of Bangor Parish Honorary Society of Bell-Ringers and he rang in the Bell Tower of Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s) where he is commemorated on their memorial roll of sacrifice which bears the inscription:

Be thou faithful unto death

Second Lieutenant Ernest Hind is also commemorated in the Church Bell Ringers’ Memorial Book 1914 – 1918 (Book 2).  This book contains the inscription:

The Central Council

Memorial Book of

Church Bell-Ringers

Who fell in the Great War

1914 – 1918

They whom this book commemorates,

Were numbered among those who,

At the call of King and Country,

Left all that was dear to them,

Endured hardness, faced danger, and

Finally passed out of the sight of men

By the path of duty and self-sacrifice,

Giving up their own lives

That others might live in freedom.