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Lot 5188    Session 19 (4:30pm Friday)    Orders, Decorations & Medals - Aust. Groups

Estimate $1,000
Current Bid $640
Bidding Closes 24 Nov 14:30

GROUP OF FOUR (ENTITLED TO MM AND BAR): 1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19; Senior Cadets Brigade Competition 1912-13. 3275 Pte R.A.Hind. 6/F.Amb. A.I.F. on first medal, 3275 Sjt R.A.Hind. 6 F Amb A.I.F. on second medal, 3275 Sgt. R.A.Hind 6 F.Amb. A.I.F. on third medal, Cadet. R.A.Hind 71st Battn. on last medal. First three medals impressed, last medal engraved. The first three swing mounted with original damaged ribbons including ribbon for Military Medal, the last medal unmounted, very fine.

Ex J.&P.O'Connor June 1983.

MM: LG 21/9/16, p9205; CAG 14/12/16, p3380 to L/Cpl R.A.Hind 6 F.Amb.

Recommendation: For great gallantry as a Stretcher Bearer under heavy fire and continuing at work practically barefoot. During the attack at Pozieres he rescued a man from the danger area of a gas barrage, and a few minutes later dressed and removed the same man and 2 stretcher bearers wounded by shrapnel. His conduct has already been brought to notice at ANZAC.

Bar to MM: LG 12/12/17, p13004; CAG 2/5/18, p1032 to Sgt R.A.Hind 6 F.Amb.

Recommendation for DCM (Awarded Bar to MM): This N.C.O. went duty night 25/26.9.17 at the Culvert and moved up to Polygon Wood near Ypres night 26/27.9.17. He left his Bearers in a safe position and went out alone to find the R.A.P. which had moved up without leaving any location. Under intense shell and M.G. fire being absent for over two hours under fire he returned, brought his Bearers up, and evacuated men who had been there for two days. By his courage and determination he re-established a line of evacuation which had broken down and kept the posts clear of wounded.

Reginald Arthur Hind, schoolboy, age 18, born at Mentone, Melbourne, Vic; Enl.09Mar1915 at Ballarat, Vic, previous service with school cadets and senior cadets (71Bn, 18 Bde, 3rd Military District); Emb.04Jun1915 from Melbourne on HMAT Ajana A31; to Gallipoli 30Aug1915;to L/Cpl 17Jul1916, T/Cpl 22Nov1916, Cpl 14Jan1917, Sgt 01Apr1917; WIA 01Nov1917 shrapnel wound to right arm, head and left buttock, severe, Belgium; to 17th CCS 04Nov1917; to 1st Western Gen Hosp 05Dec1917; RTA 10Mar1918 by troopship Orontes and Disemb.10Mar1918; Disch.25Oct1918 Medically Unfit.

In an essay by Reg Hind's grandson which was awarded a NSW Returned Soldiers League prize, he cites that Reg was noted by his officers at Gallipoli for his bravery in serving his fellow man and in facing danger to rescue wounded soldiers. While involved in these activities saving others, he himself was literally saved by the scriptures when a New Testament bible in his left breast stopped a bullet from killing him. Later when he was wounded in France, his commanding officer wrote to his father assuring him that Reg was 'the whitest man in the unit' and 'his fine physical condition' would see him recover from his injuries.

During WWII Reg was a Welfare Officer at Greta Soldier's Camp NSW with Open Air Campaigners running a welfare hut where men could relax and among other things hear the way to life through Jesus. After the war Reg became the first Secretary-Director of SGM Australia (now SGM Lifewords), a Christian mission group which continues to serve the armed forces today. Reginald Arthur Hind died in 1982.

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