Gunner John Hinsley
L/18202 Royal Field Artillery C Btty 170 Bde
Killed in Action 9th April 1918, aged 21
Lived at 7 Cleaver Street
Buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France
Burnley Express 27th
born Burnley and enlisted Nelson,
Son of Gilbert Arthur and Annie Hinsley, of 7 Cleaver Street, Burnley
and brother to Arthur Josiah Hinsley
(Killed in Action 9/9/16)
170th Brigade, “C” Battery was in the 31st Division and their
artillery piece was an 18 Pounder.
BURNLEY LANE PARENTS’ TWO ONLY SONS. (Burnley Express 27/04/18)
Mr & Mrs Hinsley 7 Cleaver Street, Burnley Lane,
have lost their two sons in the war. Private Arthur Hinsley was killed
in action on September 9th, 1916 and letters which have no room for doubt
have now been received to the effect that Gunner John Hinsley, 18202,
of the Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action on April 9th. He enlisted
in May, 1915, and was 21 years of age. He was formerly employed at the
Burnley tram shed, and attended St Andrew’s Church and School. The
Major in command of his Battery writes to Mr Hinsley:-“I am very
sorry to inform you of the death of your son, Gunner John Hinsley, who
was killed on April 9th. He was killed as he was getting up in the morning,
and unfortunately some of his comrades were also killed. He has been with
the Battery two years now, and was always a very willing and cheerful
man, and very popular with everyone”.
ROLL OF HONOUR
HINSLEY-In loving memory of Gunner J. Hinsley18202, Royal Field Artillery,
who was killed in action, April 9th, 1918, aged 21 years and 9 months.
Also Arthur Hinsley, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment,
who was killed in action on September 9th, 1916, aged 21 years and 8 months.
Time may heel the broken heart,
Time may make the wound less sore,
But time can never stay the longing
For our loved ones gone before.
-From their sorrowing father, mother, and sister, 7 Cleaver Street, Burnley.
They needed no second biding,
They answered their country’s call;
They have given their lives for their country,
And the welfare of us all.