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Ralph Herbert HINTON

Regimental number7508
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLinesman, P.M.G. Department
AddressLambton Road, New Lambton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Mary Jane Hinton, Lambton Road, New Lambton, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 1, Reinforcement 16
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/11/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Makarini on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 2 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For courage and devotion to duty. On night of 25th/26th September, 1917, when the buried cable from WESTHOEK to the front line was damaged by shell fire beyond immediate repair, Corporal CLIFFORD and Lance Corporal HINTON went out with a barrow party to lay two pairs of surface lines to the Cable Head for the attack. During their progress from WESTHOEK to ALBERT REDOUBT, with a party of five, two of the men collapsed from exhaustion and one was wounded, But Corporals CLIFFORD and HINTON, with dogged determination, went o alone and completed the work. On reaching Cable Head, it was found that the cables had been cut in several places behind them, but they returned and repaired the damage in time to have communication through by Zero hour, and with intermittent short periods they maintained it during the day, thus securing communication between Brigade Headquarters and Brigade Forward Station during the attack on 26th September, 1917.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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