Norman Hinsull

3407/240802 Norman Hinsull
1/6th Battalion, the South Staffordshire Regiment

Norman was born on 16th April 1895.
Bill Attested on 19th October 1914, and had a medical on the same day. He attested in Bilston, probably the Drill Hall.

His details in 1914 were:

Born: Bilston Parish, Wolverhampton
Occupation: Tool Fitter
Height: 5′ 4 1/2″ (also shown as 5’ 6”)
Weight 122 lb (also shown as 138 lb)
Chest: 34″, expansion 2 1/2″
Good vision

He was innoculated for TB in May 1915
His father was John Thomas Hinsull, of Rookery Drive, Lanesfield, Wolverhampton


Battalion Record Rank Date
2/6 Embodied    
  Posted Pte. 19.10.14
1/6 Transferred Pte. 28.06.15
3/6 Posted Pte. 17.01.17
1/6 Transferred Pte. 09.03.17
1/6 Appointed (unpaid) L/Cpl. 19.03.17
1/6 Appointed (paid) L/Cpl. 12.06.17
1/6 Promoted Cpl. 12.06.17
D Posted Cpl. 13.06.17
D Discharged Cpl. 24.04.18
  No longer fit for War Service    

Norman volunteered in Bilston, and was initially posted to the 2/6th Battalion training at locations such as Himley Hall. He was part of a draft transferred to the 1/6th Battalion in France and Flanders on the 28th June 1915.
From his incomplete service record it appears as if he was wounded in November / December 1915, and transferred to an unknown hospital in England on 4th December.
He recovered sufficiently to be granted a furlough 7th January 1917 until later in January. After this leave he joined the 3/6th Battalion (the training battalion) as he was fit for light duties. He rejoined the 1/6th Battalion in France and Flanders on 9th March 1917.
During 1917 Norman was promoted twice, first to Lance Corporal, then to Corporal.
He was transferred to the Depot on 13th June 1917, but needed to be sent to a Hospital in England on 13th September. It is possible this was for his previous wound, as his discharge was due to wounds, not sickness.
Norman spent time in two hospitals; No2 Reading War Hospital, Cranbury Road from 13.09.17 to 3.4.18, and Grove Military Hospital, Tooting SW until his discharge 24.04.18.
On his discharge he was awarded a Pension of 27/6 for four weeks, reducing to 11/- this to be reviewed after 48 weeks. He was also awarded a Silver War Badge and King’s Certificate.

NA WO 363

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