Hind MC MID, Lawrence Arthur

Hind, Lawrence Arthur (Lawrie)

Military Cross

Mentioned in Despatches (twice)

Lieutenant Colonel

1st/7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 38)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A)

Edwalton Parish Church of England Church (where he grew up)

Ruddington (where he lived after he and Nina were married)

Uppingham Public School (where he was educated)

Trinity Hall Cambridge (where he was educated)

Comber and District War Memorial (where his wife’s family lived)

Comber Unitarian Church (where he was married)

BIOGRAPHY

Lawrence Arthur Hind was born on 18 October 1877 in Edwalton, Nottingham and he was a son of Jesse and Eliza Hind (nee Watts) who were married on 18 March 1865 at St Nicholas, Nottingham.  Jesse Hind was a solicitor and Clerk to Nottingham County Council and he and Eliza had seven children:

Edward (born 1865; died 1873)

Jesse William (born 1866)

Edith May (born 1870)

Oliver Watts (born 1873)

Ethel Maud (born 1875)

Lawrence Arthur (Lawrie, born 18 October 1877 in Edwalton, Nottingham)

Harold Ashover (born 1879)

Lawrie Hind was a solicitor by profession (he obtained his law degree at Trinity Hall Cambridge where he was also middleweight boxing champion) and he worked in the family firm of Messrs Wells & Hind before he joined the Army.  He was appointed Lieutenant in the Robin Hood Rifles on 16 February 1901, promoted to the rank of Captain on 4 February 1903 and in 1914 he was appointed Captain in the 7th (Robin Hood) Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters.  Promoted to the rank of Major in 1915 he obtained a field commission and became temporary Lieutenant Colonel on 25 July 1915.  His Trench Diary for this period has been preserved.

Lawrence Arthur Hind was mentioned in despatches twice and he was also awarded the Military Cross for gallantry.

Lawrie Hind and Eliza Montgomery (Nina) Andrews were married in the Unitarian Church Comber on Thursday 26 April 1906 at 1.30 pm.  Nina Andrews was a daughter of The Right Honourable Thomas Andrews DL of Ardara, Comber.  Thomas and Eliza Andrews (nee Pirrie and sister of Lord Pirrie, principal owner of Harland & Wolff) had at least five children:

John Miller (who became Prime Minister of Northern Ireland)

Thomas (who became Managing Director of Harland & Wolff and Head Designer of RMS Titanic and who died when the ship sank on 14 April 1912)

Eliza Montgomery (Nina who was married to Lawrence Arthur Hind)

James (who became Lord Justice of Appeal for Northern Ireland)

William

There were more than 300 guests at Lawrie and Nina’s wedding and the reception was held in the grounds of Ardara in a large marquee with a polished wooden floor.  The menu included Soup, Mayonnaise of Salmon, Prawns in Aspic, Chicken Patties, Game Pie, Bechamel Chicken, Roast Lamb, Spring Chicken, Pressed Beef, Limerick Ham, Ox Tongue and Lobster Salad followed by Trifle, Pineapple Cream, Pistachio Cream, Fruit Jellies, Meringues and Ices.

Lawrie and Nina Hind went to live in Ruddington and they had three daughters:

Eileen

Edith

Doreen

Lieutenant Colonel Hind was wounded in the head at Zouave Wood, Hooge on 31 July 1915.  He recovered and it was on Saturday 1 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme that he was killed in action.  He was killed at Gommecourt when he was shot in the head by a German sniper.

The 7th Battalion War Diary covering 1 July 1916 indicates that the Battalion was in trenches and that they were ordered to attack enemy trenches in five waves commencing at 7.30 am.  It was during this action that Major (Temporary Lieutenant Colonel) Hind was reported ‘missing believed killed’.  Afterwards the Hind family sought clarification as to the circumstances of his death and they received the following details:

‘Major Hind was in command and was making a charge.  Private Tomlinson was detailed to attend upon his Major and he did so.  During the charge the Battalion was pretty severely punished but all went well with Major Hind until he and Tomlinson were within fifty yards of the German trenches when they were held up owing to the wire entanglements not having been completely swept away by the Artillery fire.  Major Hind and Tomlinson lay flat down side by side.  In a few minutes the Major raised himself on his hands and knees to look for a place in the entanglements where he could get through and when he was in that position he was shot through the forehead and immediately dropped.  Tomlinson lay still and spoke to him and touched him but he was satisfied that death was instantaneous.’

Private Tomlinson was injured but escaped after nightfall.

Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence Arthur Hind was 38 when he died and he has no known grave.

Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence Arthur Hind is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on the War Memorials in Edwalton Parish Church of England Church where he grew up; in Ruddington where he lived after he and Nina were married; in Uppingham Public School and Trinity Hall Cambridge where he was educated; in Comber where his wife’s family lived and in Comber Unitarian Church where he was married.

Lieutenant Colonel Hind’s widow, Nina, unveiled the Memorial Tablet in Comber Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church on Sunday 23 April 1922 and she also unveiled the Comber and District War Memorial on 14 April 1923.