George Kinns

Name

George Kinns

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

16/05/1915
32

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
15524
19th (Queen Alexandra's Own) Royal Hussars

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL CEMETERY
II. C. 13.
France

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Bengeo War Memorial Plaque Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

Pre War

Born in 1883, in Luton, Bedfordshire (or possibly Kimpton, Hertfordshire), to parents Charles and Harriet, he was one of 11, and in 1891 they were living at High Street, Potters Bar, and his father was employed as a gardener. In 1911 George was living and employed as a butler at Haldon House, Haldon, Nr Exeter, however at the time of his death his was residence was shown as Bengeo. One of his brothers, Percy Cyril also fought and fell in the war.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in London and after training was posted to France, the battalion was split into three and posted to the 4th, 5th and 6th Infantry Divisions as Divisional Cavalry Squadrons. They fought at Mons and Le Cateau and in the Battle of The Marne and the Aisne. In April 1915 they were brought together again and attached to the 9th Cavalry Brigade. In the same month they took part in the 2nd Battle of Ypres particularly at the battles for St.Quentin and Frezenberg. During this last battle they came under heavy German attacks on 13th May and George was wounded and died of his wounds three days later.

Additional Information

Brother of Private Percy Cyril Kinns who was killed in action on 28 Apr 1918 and is also commemorated on the Herford and Bengeo memorials.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins