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Charles Raymond Hind

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 2 June 1916


NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 2 June 1916

Another Jersey Officer Makes the Supreme Sacrifice. The sympathy of all Jersey folk will go out to Dr & Mrs A E Hind of Midvale Road who this morning received an official notification from the War Office that their second son, Charles Raymond Hind of the South Staffordshire Regiment, had been killed in action on the Western Front on Tuesday last, 30 May. The deceased officer, who was in his 23rd year, was educated at Radley College and subsequently was entered at Jesus College, Cambridge as an undergraduate in preparation for the career of a doctor. On the outbreak of war Mr Hind immediately joined the Army and was given a commission in the South Staffordshire Regiment and received his training on the Island, being subsequently sent to the Western Front to reinforce the officers of his Regiment there. He was an exceedingly capable officer and was very popular among his very wide circle of friends, both in Jersey and at Cambridge. He had been Mentioned in Despatches for conspicuous bravery in the field and had come home on short leave from the trenches on several occasions, the last time not more than six weeks ago. Up to the present the members of the family have not learned how he met his death, beyond the fact that he was called upon to make the supreme sacrifice in the trenches in the face of the enemy. To the bereaved parents, to his uncle Jurat H M Godfray, and all other members of the family we would tender our very sincere sympathy in this great sorrow.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record

Charles Raymond Hind

Second Lieutenant Charles Raymond Hind
2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment

(Picture by Kind Courtesy of the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Whittington)

Mentioned in Despatches

1914-15 Star

Son of Dr Alfred E & Ann B Hind, of Portland House, Jersey.

Killed in action, aged 22 years.


Commemorated on St Mark's Church Memorial, Jersey


NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 9 June 1916

How Lieutenant Hind Made the Supreme Sacrifice - A Splendid Example of Devotion to Duty. When the news came through on Friday last that 2nd Lieutenant C R Hind of the South Staffordshire Regiment had been killed in action the sympathy of everyone went out to Dr & Mrs Hind and the family in their great bereavement, for the fine young officer was held in the highest esteem by all he had come into contact with. As we stated previously the late officer was at Cambridge as an undergraduate in preparation for a career as a doctor, when the war broke out he immediately applied for a Commission and was gazetted to the South Staffordshires. With his Battalion he had passed through many engagements and came out successfully from the battle at Festubert. He gave ample evidence of his great courage and devotion to duty and was subsequently placed in charge of the Grenade Company attached to the HQ of the 6th Infantry Brigade, this position showing the confidence that was reposed in him by his superiors. The news has just come to hand as to how the officer met his death, this showing that Lieutenant Hind made the supreme sacrifice in endeavouring to save the life of one of his men, truly a splendid example of courage, one which will be a great comfort to his parents who know that the officer died as he lived - looking after the welfare of those placed under him. It appears that on the night of 30 May Lieutenant Hind and his Grenade Company were ordered to lead a night attack to recover a trench that had been captured by the enemy. As is well known to be successful this must be in the nature of a surprise, but the Germans had wind of the attack and the Britishers had to return to their trench. This was accomplished successfully but it was then found that one of the men had been wounded and was outside the line. Without hesitation Lieutenant Hind got outside the parapet of the trench in order to find his man and bring him back, but unfortunately the officer was met with terrible fire from the enemy's machine guns and was killed instantly. Though Lieutenant Hind's nature was not one to seek for honours there is no doubt that had he come through successfully he would have been rewarded for his great bravery for it will be remembered that some time ago he was Mentioned in Despatches. Dr & Mrs Hind have received many expressions of sympathy, including letters from the Colonel in Charge and the Sergeant of their son's Company, all these express the great loss that the writers feel they have sustained. The Chaplain states that the gallant officer was buried on Wednesday about 2 miles behind the lines.