Private Hector Pretoria Hindmarsh

Service number 2100
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Death Date 1917-06-08
Death Place Belgium
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Hector Pretoria Hindmarsh (2100, 37th Battalion) was born in London, England, and arrived in Australia at the age of 12 years. He was working in a factory when he enlisted in July 1916. Hector was killed in action on 8 June 1917 during the battle of Messines and is buried in the Strand Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Belgium. His father wrote that he was 17 years and 3 three months of age and that “he was a good son one of the best… but he was anxious to do his bit although under age”. Hector’s brother Driver John Hindmarsh served with the 2nd Australian Division Signals Company and was seriously wounded in August 1917.



Date of enlistment 18 July 1916
Date of embarkation 28 August 1916
Date of death 08 June 1917
Date of fate 09 June 1917