Mothers and Widows Badge : Mrs M M Hindley

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Albert Bapaume Area, Pozieres Area, Pozieres
Accession Number REL40724
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Cotton, White metal
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Black cotton ribbon with woven design, in yellow, red and white, showing two sprigs of wattle, the Rising Sun badge and 'FOR AUSTRALIA'. The ribbon is held between two white metal bars. The obverse of the upper bar is impressed with laurel leaves, the reverse features a pin fastening, and is impressed with the serial number '8900'. The lower bar bears a brass seven pointed star indicating the death of one person.

History / Summary

The Mothers and Widows Badge was issued to the mother and/or widow of all members of the Australian Imperial Force or the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, who had been killed in action, or died of wounds or other causes, while on active service; or who, after discharge, had died of wounds, or sickness directly attributable to that service. Stars were added to the bottom bar, each indicating the death of one person. This badge was worn by Mrs Margaret Mary Hindley, widow of 2650 Private William Hindley who was killed in action on 24 July 1916.

William Hindley was born at Macclesfield in Cheshire, England. He served with the British Army for eight years and fought in the South African War. Hindley later immigrated to Australia and in 1914 married Margaret Davey and began a family. At the time of his enlistment in the AIF on 30 July 1915 Hindley was living in Paddington, NSW, and working as a cabinet maker. He was posted to the 19th Battalion and left Australia aboard HMAT Euripides on 2 November bound for Egypt. He transferred to the 4th Battalion on 14 February 1916 and became a signaler with B Company. The unit left Egypt in March for service in France and the Western Front. Hindley took part in the Battle of Pozieres which began on the night of 22/23 July. He was killed in action on 24 July when he was hit by a shell. Hindley has no known grave, and his name is recorded on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

Hindley left behind his widow, Margaret, and two children, May and baby William Alfred, who was born after Hindley left Australia for service overseas. William Alfred died in 1918. Margaret later married Samuel Donaghy in 1920. A First World War veteran, 3505 Private Donaghy served with the 19th and 54th Battalions. During fighting at Fromelles on 20 July 1916, he was taken prisoner by the Germans. Donaghy returned to Australia in April 1919 and was discharged medically unfit on 4 January 1920.