John Hinks’ birth was registered in the third quarter of 1891 and he was christened on 29 November 1891. His parents were Thomas Hinks and Fanny Elizabeth (née Brown) Hinks. John was their fourth child. In 1901 they were living at 55 Victoria Avenue, Rugby. John’s father was a pavior or road labourer in the 1901 census and a footpath pavior with the Urban District Council in 1911.
John was also a general labourer with the UDC in the 1911 census, and the family were then living at 33 Cross Street, Rugby.
John Hinks enlisted with the 5th Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Regimental number 10546 in August 1914. The battalion was formed at Oxford in August 1914 and placed under orders of 42nd Brigade in 14th (Light) Division. Following training, he would have left for France around 20 May 1915.
He was a Private fighting in the action to capture Bellevarde Farm, a diversionary action for the Battle of Loos, on 25 September 1915 and was killed in action. (See more about the Battle of Bellevarde Farm and then the Battle of Loos on Rugby Remembers.)
There is no known service record or Medal card for John Hinks.
The Rugby Advertiser had the following report on 9 October 1915.
Fate of an Urban District Council Employee
Pte John Hinks, of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, whose home is at 33 Cross Street, Rugby is unofficially reported to have been killed. His relatives had heard nothing definite when our representative called at the beginning of the week. He was in the employ of the Urban District Council, and had been in the trenches since the beginning of the year.
John is remembered on Panel 37 and 39 of the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial and on the Rugby War Memorial.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM