SERVICE NO: 213
YEAR OF BIRTH: 1894
PLACE OF BIRTH: Mooroopna
DATE OF ENLISTMENT: 11 September 1914
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT: Hamilton
AGE AT ENLISTMENT: 20
UNIT: 8th Light Horse, B Squadron
EMBARKED: 25 February 1915
TROOP SHIP: HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria
FATE: Killed in Action, 7 August 1915 at Walker’s Ridge, Gallipoli, Turkey. No known grave.
William Arthur Hind was born in Mooroopna in 1894 to William Stow Hind and Rose Anna Bailey. The family moved to Hamilton and William senior, a printer, took a job at the Hamilton Spectator. After William junior completed his schooling at the Hamilton Elementary School he worked in the postal service and spent time in Heyfield, however at the time of his enlistment he an apprentice monoline operator at the Spectator. The family lived on Mill Road.
William enlisted on 11 September 1914 and joined other Hamilton men, John Broughton, Keith Learmonth and Edward “Ted” Henty in the 8th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron. After training at Broadmeadows, William embarked on 25 February 1915 for Egypt. By May, the 8th Light Horse, as part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade, were on their way to Gallipoli.
On 7 August, the 8th Battalion, B Squadron were heavily involved in the ‘Charge at The Nek’. At 4.30am, the 3rd Light Horse Brigade to attack the enemy trenches. In the minutes before, allied ships shelled the Turkish trenches with little effect. That shelling was to finish at 4.30am signalling the ground troops to charge at the trenches. However, the offshore attack concluded earlier than expected and there was a period of over five minutes for the Turks to gather their troops in preparation for what was to come.
The 8th Light Horse were sent over the trenches in two waves and the outcome was tragic. William Hind was among those men. He was last seen holding a flag aloft on the parapet of a Turkish trench where he was shot. He fell with the flag in his hand.
William’s body was never found in No Man’s Land. Heavy fighting continued in the vicinity, making it difficult for the recovery of bodies. Instead, William was honoured at the Lone Pine Memorial at Gallipoli.
At home in Hamilton and Heyfield, William’s death was met with great sadness. Honours in Hamilton included remembrance on the Hamilton Elementary School Honour Roll, the Hamilton War Memorial and Hamilton’s Anzac Avenue.