Edgar John Hinton (1894 - 1918) Regimental No. 203294

Edgar, although born at Clifton Street, Swindon soon moved with his family to Wanborough, where his mother had been born to the local blacksmith and farrier and where his parents had married. In 1901 the family were living at Inlands Farm; by 1911 Edgar, his two brothers and four sisters had moved with their parents to The Croft, which became the family home.

He enlisted at Swindon in 1915 as a private in D Company of the 'Duke of Edinburgh's' Wiltshire Regiment of the Wiltshire Yeomanry (6th) Battalion part of the 19th (Western) Division, 58th Brigade. They took part in a number of battles around the Somme in northern France.

The German army launched the 1918 Spring Offensive as a series of attacks along the Western Front beginning on the 21st March 1918 at the Somme (Battle of St Quentin). The artillery bombardment began at 4.40am and hit targets over an area of 150 square miles, the biggest barrage of the entire war. Over 1,100,000 shells were fired in five hours and by the end of the first day, the British had lost 7,512 men, including Edgar (and Charles Kent) who was killed aged 24. He is commemorated in Bay 7 of the Arras memorial at the entrance to the Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery in France.

Arras Memorial

Edgar Hinton and Clara c.1907