HINDE William Frederick Honywood

Category: Military
Rank: Captain
Regiment or Ship: Oxfordshire Light Infantry - 12th Lancers
Occupation: War Office and Military
Date of Birth: 03.10.1861
Place of Birth: “Elm Grove”, Dawlish, Devon.
Date of Death: 22.01.1916
Place of Death: Bexhill, Sussex Place of Burial / Memorials:

Bexhill Cemetery (buried there on 25th January 1916). He is not on any memorial (other than his headstone) because he died in Britain of ill-health. Grave Reference AG B 6.

Address: 7 Dorset Road, Bexhill

Photos and newspaper articles

Family Information

Parents:           Jacob William Hinde (born Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in 1790, died 1st July 1868), & Emily Wilson (born Mullaghmore, Tyrone, Ireland, in 1839-1898). They were married on 7th August 1860, in Paddington, Middlesex. After the death of Jacob, Emily married a Mark Beresford Whyte in 1870, at St. George’s, Hanover Square, London. She died in the district of Portsea, in 1898.

Siblings:           Henry Norris Glynn Hinde, born 1863, at “Elm Grove”, Dawlish, Devon, died 23rd November 1916, in Bideford, Devon.

Spouse:            William married Edith Maude Bagwell (1866 – 1915) in Bath, Somerset, in 1889.

Edith was a British subject, born on 20th January 1866, in Maison Barthe, Rue Bordenave d’Abère, Basses-Pyrénées, France – she was the daughter of Agnes & John BAGWELL and was baptized, on 21st March 1866, at the Trinity Church (Protestant), in France,

She died on 7th December 1915, in Bexhill; aged 49 and was buried in the same grave as her husband on 9th December 1916.

Children:         The couple had two children:-

Henry Basil Lindesay Hinde was born in 1890. He joined the Somerset Light Infantry but was killed in action on 22nd November, 1915, at Ctesiphon near Baghdad, Mesopotamia – no record has been found of a marriage. W0208 HINDE Henry Basil Lindesay

 Eileen Maude Agnes Hinde was born in 1894 and died in 1927. Up until early November 1915, Eileen had been part of a small family of four but, by the end of January 1916, she’d became the only surviving member, after the death of her brother (see above), her mother (also see above) and, then, her father on 22nd January 1916.

First World War Experience

William Frederick Honywood Hinde’s WW1 experience was short-lived because of his death from ill-health early in 1915, shortly after the war began.

He began his military career on 1st August 1882, when, as a “Gentleman Cadet” at the Royal Military College, he was appointed, by the War Office, a lieutenant in the 12th Royal Lancers, in India.

 Six years later, on 15th August 1888, he was again promoted, this time to Captain.

 He officially retired on 2nd November 1897 though he had no idea that this “retirement” would be just for two years as, on 1st October 1899, the second Boer war broke out and he quickly rejoined his unit.

 According to the 1901 census, he was in the Colchester Military Garrison and a Captain in the Cavalry.

 By the time of the census of 1911, he had retired again.

 On 15th February 1915, at the age of 45, he was given a special appointment at the War Office on Staff Duty but he only held that position for a few months before, because of serious ill-health, he had to give up the post and endeavour to recuperate his health. This wasn’t to be as he died in early January the following year.

Additional Information

There were newspapers reports on the death of William Frederick Honywood and his son, Both William & Henry Basil Lindesay Hinde and transcriptions of those reports can be viewed here. NewspaperReports

 Note. All the probate records, come from the “All England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966”.

From the Will of William’s step-father, Mark Beresford Whyte, dated 1st April 1891, we learn that William was living in Horsmorden, in Kent and, by this time, was a Captain, while his brother, Henry, was a Lieutenant.

1)         A transcription of the Will of Mark Beresford Whyte (William’s Step-father) follows:-

 1 April The Will with two Codicils of Mark Beresford Whyte formerly of Burnham in the County of Somerset but late of Woodstock near Weymouth in the County of Dorset Esquire who died 22 February 1891 at Woodstock was proved at the Principle Registry by William Frederick Honywood Hinde of Horsmorden in the County of Kent a Captain in Her Majesty’s Army and Henry Norris Glyn Hinde of the Depôt Taunton in the County of Somerset a Lieutenant in Her Majesty’s Army the Executors. Personal Estate £1,675 5s 10d.

 2)         A transcription of the Will of William Frederick Honywood Hinde follows:-

 HINDE William Frederick Honywood of Drayton House Uppingham Rutland died 22 January 1916 at 7 Dorset-road Bexhill-on-Sea Sussex Probate London 27 June to Geoffrey Clemens Cobb stockbroker. Effects £5136 19s 9d.

 NOTE – On 3rd August 1916, at St George’s, Hanover Square, Middlesex, Eileen Maude Agnes Hinde married Geoffrey Clemens Cobb, who appears to have been the family’s stockbroker for many years.

Both William (the father) and Henry (the brother) left their money, in their Wills, to this man, Cobb, so, perhaps, in the detail of the Will, arrangements had been made regarding the wife and daughter in the event of the men’s deaths. Perhaps, also, Eileen and Geoffrey were already engaged at the time the Wills were made.

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