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Full Name: Alfred Hinchco
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Alfred
Surname: Hinchco
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 14261
First Known Rank: Rifleman
Occupation before Enlistment: Farmer
Next of Kin: Mrs Rachel Hinchco (mother), Hakanoa Street, Huntly, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit: 8th Reinforcements 1st Battalion, E Company
Embarkation Date: 26 June 1916
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport:
Vessel: Maunganui or Tahiti
Destination: Devonport, England
Nominal Roll Number: 34
Page on Nominal Roll: 29
Military Awards: Military Medal (MM)
Award Circumstances: London Gazette, 17 December 1917, p13201, Rec No 1401: For conspicuous gallantry in the Field, east of St Julien on the 4th October. At the commencemenet of the attack, when our advancing lines were held up by determined resistance, he rushed his Lewis Gun up, and under intense fire, bought his gun into action. He then, single handed, rushed to close quaters and compelled the surender of a shell hole strong point, containing a German Officer and 12 other ranks. His action enabled the line to advance, which otherwise was in danger of losing its barrage. Throughout the whole action, he showed splendid skill, and entire disregard of personal saftey.
Last Unit Served: Auckland Infantry Regiment
Place of Death: France
Date of Death: 27 March 1918
Age at Death: 22
Year of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: St Hilaire Cemetery, Frevent, Pas-de-Calais, France
Grave Reference: V B 10
Biographical Notes: Son of John and Rachael Hinchco of 53 Esplanade Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand Native of Huntly, New Zealand
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used: Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
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