Lance Corporal Frederick John Hinton

Frederick John Hinton was born in Reading, Berkshire to Charles John Hinton and Sarah Sophia Hinton (nee Crook) on the 18th of January, 1898. He was the 4th eldest of 5 boys and 3 girls. When both parents died within a year the family was split up and Frederick was sent to the St. Benet's Home For Orphaned Boys. The image of Frederick on the left was taken at the school in 1913.

It was the policy amongst orphanages during the Great War to support the Empire by sending boys to join the colonial forces. St. Benet's Home chose to send its boys to Canada.

According to the attestation papers at the National Archives of Canada, Frederick joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force on September 17th, 1915 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He arrived back in England to begin training on April 29th, 1916. On May 27th, 1916 he is listed as attached to the 69th Battalion and appointed acting Lance Corporal. By the end of June, 1916 he was transferred to the 19th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) as Lance Corporal and was posted overseas in France.

On the 12th of August 1916 Lance Corporal Frederick John Hinton was killed in action. He is buried in the Ridgewood Military Cemetery, Voormezeele, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

This account was contributed by Frederick's great nephew, Michael L. Hinton.

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