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1911 - Shrewsbury First XI - aged 18 Officer KLR - 1916-18ish WH in his barrister outfit - early 1920s WH - formal photo - date unknown 1967 - In Rhodesia - aged 74

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  • 1971-1974
Parents Joseph
Mary Veitch Bardsley
Born Wednesday 15 Mar 1893 at 3.15 am
Cleveland Lodge, Northenden
Birth Certificate
Married 30 Apr 1919
Dorothy May Brown
St James Church, Birkdale, Southport
Marriage Certificate
Elizabeth Mary 21 Apr 1924 Lightwood House  
Joseph William R 14 Feb 1929 Cold Springs  
Margaret 15 Sep 1932 Cold Springs  
30 Sep 1974
Buxton Hospital, Buxton
Cremated and ashes near Dorothy May's ashes
Garden of Rest, St Peter's Church, Fairfield, Buxton
Death Certificate
Dates Address
15 Mar 1893 Cleveland Lodge, Northenden
9 Oct 1894 Cleveland Lodge, 26 Westbourne Road, Birkdale, Southport
1918/1919 63 Promenade, Southport
1919 3 Rock Cliff, Dale Road, Buxton
1920 Lightwood House, Lightwood Road, Buxton
1925 Cheney Longville
1928 Cold Springs, Buxton
1936 Westmount, Carlisle Road, Buxton
1953 Poole, Green Lane, Buxton
1958 Templemore, Albert Drive, Deganwy, Conway
1960 The Grove Hotel, Buxton
15 Mar 1893 Born at 3.15 am, Cleveland Lodge, Northenden
(from the Family Bible - Page Six)
Birth Certificate
28 Apr 1893 Baptised Parish Church of St Wilfrid, Northenden.  
1898 Photo of WH and Jack, possibly in the back garden of 26 Westbourne Road, Birkdale. 5
  Preparatory School?  
30 Mar 1902 William (Grandfather) dies in Eccles. 9
Michaelmas Term 1907 - 1912

Shrewsbury School, The Schools, Shrewsbury, SY3 7BA (location on Google Maps)

Information from Mr Morrogh, Shrewsbury School Archivist (Oct 2007):

Captained the School Football XI, played cricket and fives. Debated as well. The characters of the Football XI in 1911-12 includes: WH. 'Outside right is a difficult position in which to captain the side. He did his best to create esprit de corps in the team. Played consistently well throughout.'

Valete: Praeposter. Head of House. Captain of Football. 2nd XI cricket. House Football and Cricket colours.

14 - 19
Aug 1910 Group photo on 'Mary' in the Menai Straits, Anglesey. Dorothy Brown would have taken this photo. 17
1911 Shrewsbury First XI football team photo. 18
1912 - 14

Magdalen College , Oxford, OX1 4AU [Location]

"I am afraid that I do not know what your grandfather studied when he was up here, as no records survive of this. I should, however, say that the future Edward VIII was an exact contemporary of your grandfather at Magdalen. The College was small enough in those days that he would have had ample opportunity to see the Prince, even if they didn't know each other."

From Robin Darwall-Smith (Dr.)
Archivist, Magdalen College, Oxford - Oct 2007

19 - 21
12 Mar 1913 Admitted to the Honourable Society of The Inner Temple .
Inner Temple record.
1914 Photos from DMH's photo album for the year: father and sister on horses, Maude Wickham's wedding, WH and MVH at Oxford and 21st group photos. 21
24 Jun 1914

Start of the First World War

"On this day in 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are shot to death by a Bosnian Serb nationalist during an official visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. The killings sparked a chain of events that led to the outbreak of World War I by early August. On 28 June 1919, five years to the day after Franz Ferdinand's death, Germany and the Allied Powers signed the Treaty of Versailles, officially marking the end of World War I."

Information from history.co.uk website.

24 Oct 1914

Second Lieutenant 7th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment), Cadet William Hinmers, from the Oxford University Contingent, Senior Division, Officers Training Corps.
(London Gazette dated 11 November, 1914)

2/7th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment) was formed in Bootle in Oct 1914 as a second line battalion.



08 Feb 1915 2/7th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment) was attached to the 171st Brigade, 57th (2nd West Lancashire) Division and moved to Cantebury. 22
01 Jun 1916 2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.) W. Hinmers to be Lt. (temp. Capt.)
(London Gazette)
Jun 1916

Photos taken by Dorothy (then girlfriend) at the George & Dragon, Fordwich, Kent. Appears that WH is with his parents outside the hotel.

The George & Dragon still exists.

Not sure of the reason why they were in Kent but WH may have been stationed there prior to going to France.

Sent the photo to the Old Classic Car website to identify the vehicle and subsequently, with my permission, the photo has been added to the website http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/vintage-standard.htm .

Jul 1916 Tweseldown, Aldershot 23
05 Jun 1917 Lt. (temp. Capt.) W. Hinmers relinquishes temp, rank of Capt.
(London Gazette)
15 Feb 1917 Landed in France 24
1917 - 1918 France 24 - 25
12 Dec 1917 Postcard of fellow officers on a course sent to DMH from the Continent, not sure of the exact location. WH is in the middle row, fourth from the left. (from DMH's postcard album.) 24
27 Mar 1918 Lt. (actg. Capt.) W. Hinmers to be Capt.
(London Gazette 11 June 1918)
24 Aug 1918
Awarded the Military Cross
Lt. (A./Capt.) William Hinmers, L'pool R. c For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in command of a raiding party which entered the enemy's lines and captured prisoners and a machine gun. By his frequent personal reconnaissances under heavy enemy machine-gun fire and by his careful training of the raiding party he was mainly responsible for the success of the enterprise.
(London Gazette 24 Aug 1918)
28 Sep 1918

Wounded at Bourlon Wood, (location) Bourlon Village near Cambrai, France.

Shot in the leg.

" Capt. W Hinmers M.C. wounded at Bourlon Wood Sept. 28th 1918. Bullet extracted Oct 11th." - On the mounted bullet plaque.

The Battalion War Diary mentions the wounding, possibly 27 Sep 1918.

Admitted to 149 Royal Naval Field Ambulance, then transferred to 19 Casualty Clearing Station (Boisleux-au-Mont) and 14 General Hospital (Wimereux). (from Museum of Liverpool)

29 Sep 1918 Evacuated to the UK (Boulogne - Dover). 25
11 Oct 1918 WH was operated on in Manchester and the bullet was removed from his groin. (from Museum of Liverpool) 25
11 Nov 1918

End of the First World War

"At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiegne, France. The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation or exposure."

Information from the history.co.uk website.

Battalion still part of 171st Bde. 57th Div. France; Faubourg de Fives, Lille.

1918/1919 Afternoon tea at the Brown's in the conservatory, 14 Oxford Road, Southport. 25/26
30 Apr 1919

Married Dorothy May Brown
St James Church , Birkdale, Southport
Marriage certificate

WH's address on the marriage certificate was
26 Westbourne Road, Birkdale, Southport

DMB's address at the time 14 Oxford Road, Birkdale, Southport

Only wedding photos that I have.

15 May 1919 2/7th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment) disbanded. 26
28 Jun 1919

Treaty of Versailles

"On 28 June 1919, five years to the day after Franz Ferdinand's death, Germany and the Allied Powers signed the Treaty of Versailles, officially marking the end of World War I."
(from Wikipedia)

31 July 1919

WH was disembodied (meaning reverting to a normal peacetime role at the end of the war).

WH's adress at the time was 63 Promenade, Southport and last served with the Education Staff, 1st Western General Hospital, Oswestry.


Rented accommodation at 3 Rock Cliff, Dale Road, Buxton.

18 Dec 1919

Postcard from WH's mother, confirming the address in Dale Road. (A photo of 26 Westbourne Road, Birkdale)

Aug 1919


16 Dec 1920 Appointed to the Territorial Force and promoted to Captain - Gazetted. 27
1920 - 1925

Barrister in Manchester, his club was The Reform in Manchester.
Suffered a breakdown and decided to farm near his brother in Shropshire.

27 - 32
1920 - 1925

Resided at Lightwood House, Lightwood Road, Buxton
(On corner with Corbar Road)
There is a noticeable extension on the house as on a visit to WH, his father suggested building a snooker room.

Photo, taken summer 1920 (on back), appears to be outside the front door of Lightwood House. A dashing young chap!

27 - 32
08 Jun 1921 Called to the bar.
Inner Temple record.
28 Sep 1921 Resigned hsi commission with the rank of Captain - Gazetted. 28
30 Jul 1923 Joseph (father) died
Cadvan Villa, Menai Bridge, Anglesey
21 Apr 1924 Elizabeth Mary born
Lightwood House, Buxton
1925 - 1928

Farming in Shropshire, near John Reid (brother) of Upper Overton, Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

Lived in Cheney Longville (from Margaret Stewart).

32 - 35
1928 - 1936 Resided at Cold Springs, Buxton
Now an activities centre
35 - 43
14 Feb 1929 Joseph William Rossington born
Cold Springs, Buxton
(On birth cert of JWH, profession of father stated as of 'independent means')
Jul 1929 Group photo celegrating the 50th wedding anniversary of parents-in-law. 36
1931 First mention of Shipton, Ainsworth & Hinmers Solicitors
35 Spring Gardens, Buxton in the London Gazette
15 Sep 1932 Margaret born
Cold Springs, Buxton
1933 Family photo with Mary Veitch and John Reid's family. 40
1934 Family photo, I am guessing the date, and possibly taken outside Cold Springs. 41
05 May 1937 John Reid (brother) died 44
1936 - 1953 Resided at Westmount, Carlisle Road, Buxton 43 - 62
07 Nov 1946 Mary Veitch (mother) died
26 Westbourne Road, Southport
WH present at the death
21 Apr 1949 Elizabeth married William Penrose Kenneth Eveleigh
St Peter's Church, Fairfield, Buxton
1953 - 1958 Resided at Poole, Green Lane, Buxton
(65 Green Lane)
03 Nov 1956 Margaret married John Gordon Stewart
St Peter's Church, Fairfield, Buxton
10 Sep 1957 Iain Gordon (first grandchild) born 64
1958 - 1960 Resided at 'Templemore', Albert Drive, Deganwy, Conwy
North Wales
03 Jan 1960 Jane Everleigh (second grandchild) born 67
18 Mar 1960 Rory William Stewart (third grandchild) born 67
22 May 1960

WH recorded what appears to have been a stroke that lead to Dorothy May's (wife) death:

9.50 pm Cry fr. bedroom - something snapped in head great pain
10.10 Telephoned doctor
10.20 Doctor arrived suggested ____ injection
11.0 pm gave her a tablet as she seemed like sleep. Pain increased onwards until
3.0 am then appeared drowsy. I went to lie down.
3.10 Found her out of bed - did not know me. Very sick - very restless - could not keep her in bed - did not know me.
7.30 Rang Mary - found her on the floor
7.40 Mary arrived - ultimately we managed to get her into bed
8.0 has slept (since this time) crossed out
10.40 Very sick during sleep damp pillows seemed quite unconscious
  Dr C__ arrived ambulance to hospital
Note Page 1 and Page 2.
23 May 1960 Dorothy May died
General Hospital, Llandudno, North Wales
1960 - 1974 Lived in the Grove Hotel , Buxton [Location] 67 - 81
1961 Last mention of Ainsworth, Hinmers & Beadle Solicitors
35 Spring Gardens, Buxton in the London Gazette
29 Apr 1961 Joseph married Mary Walsh
Salisbury Catholic Cathedral, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia
16 Apr - 14 May 1962 First Visit to Southern Rhodesia. 69
03 Jul 1962 William Arthur (fourth grandchild) born in Rhodesia 69
28 Nov 1962 Allan Hinmers Stewart (fifth grandchild) born 69
02 Aug 1963 Susan Everleigh (sixth grandchild) born 70
28 Nov 1963 Joseph Thomas (seventh grandchild) born in Rhodesia 70
30 Dec 1963 - 14 Feb 1964

Second trip to Sothern Rhodesia.

This slideshow records some of the slides from the visit to Africa.

This document is a copy of handwritten comments recording the activities carried during his stay in the country (transcript).

07 - 13 Feb 1964

Visited Nyasaland to see Bruce (Wyke) and Jean Wickham at Zomba (location).

This slideshow records some of the slides from that visit to Nyasaland. WH returned to Salisbury on 13 February to then fly back to the UK.

This document is a copy of handwritten comments recording the activities carried during his stay in the country (transcript).

03 Jan - 02 Feb 1967

Fifth trip to Southern Rhodesia.

Photos and a copy of WH's notes from the trip on Flickr.

1971 Photo of WH with Hilda Atherton and Wyke Wickham, guessing the date. They appear to be in the grounds of The Palace Hotel, Buxton. 78
30 Sep 1974

Died in the Buxton Hospital, after suffering a heart attack near the garages of the Grove Hotel.

From the death certificate, causes of death were coronary thrombosis due to chronic interstitial myocarditis due to atherosclerosis of both coronary and aortic vessels.

Cremated and ashes near Dorothy May's ashes
Garden of Rest, St Peter's Church , Fairfield, Buxton [Location]

Following week WH's obituary as published in the Buxton Advertiser the next week, it was scanned in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2  

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