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Leicester
He was the son and only child of Frank and Kate Maria Hind, of 102 Broomhill Road, Bulwell, Nottingham.
Considered a potentially outstanding teacher by his secondary school headmaster, Hind was enrolled at University College, Nottingham, where he was also an OTC cadet, and became one of twelve student teachers employed by the City Education Committee to enlist during the conflict.
16 Jul 1916
19
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102 Broomhill Road Bulwell Nottingham.
Second Lieutenant
6th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Hind joined 6th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment in France as a second lieutenant in July 1916. He was attached to 110th Trench Mortar Company. Hind’s battalion was part of a British assault launched at dawn on July 14th as the second phase of the Battle of the Somme opened with the Battle of Bazentin Ridge. Weeks of bloody, attritional fighting resulted from failure to capitalise on the successful morning operation of July 14th but, despite sustaining over 300 casualties, 6th Leicesters had achieved their objective and Frank Hind had survived. However, within forty eight hours and after only two weeks in France, he was dead. On September 3rd 1916, Hind’s mother heard from his servant Private Davies (10193) that on July 16th Hind, accompanied by a sergeant, had gone out under to fire to attempt the rescue of a man lying wounded to the north west of Bazentin Wood. Whilst assessing the soldier’s injuries, according to Davies, Hind was shot and killed. Amidst her grief, Kate Hind had two concerns. ‘The knowledge that his body had been recovered would greatly relieve our sorrow. He was our only child,’ she confided and was later reassured to learn that her son had been buried one hundred yards northwest of Bazentin le Petit. Secondly, she was anxious to recover missing personal effects:- two wrist watches, his compass, revolver, field glasses, medical outfit, Burberry coat, fountain pens, 180 ff and identity disc.’ It appears that other British soldiers stole this property. He is buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz (grave ref. IV.H.4).
Source: Britannia Calls: Nottingham schools and the push for Great War victory by David Nunn Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 2 August 2016: 'Hind. Killed while trying to bring in a wounded comrade, July 17th (sic), Second Lieutenant Frank Farmer Hind, Leicester Regiment, attached Trench Mortal Battery, son of Mr and Mrs F Hind, 102 Broomhill Road, Bulwell, aged 19.'
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  • Hind's grave in FlatIron Copse Cemetery near High Wood on the Somme.
    Photo David Nunn - Hind's grave in FlatIron Copse Cemetery near High Wood on the Somme.
  • Pencil sketch of Frank Farmer Hind. Artist unknown.
    Courtesy of Hind's family member Andrew Rigby - Pencil sketch of Frank Farmer Hind. Artist unknown.