Poppy Leslie HINE (1897–1916) Poppy

Leslie Hine
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Oxfordshire County Council

Leslie Hine was born in Oxford on 1 July 1897 and baptised at St Margaret's Church on 3 December. He was the son of William Charles Hine (born in Oxford in 1864 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 4 August) and Caroline Jane Payne (born in Oxford in 1866).

His parents were married in Oxford in the second quarter of 1887 and had eleven children:

  • William Thomas Hine (born in Oxford, registered in Headington District first quarter of 1888)
  • Mabel Alice Hine (born in Oxford on 11 March 1889 and baptised at St Barnabas’s Church on 14 July)
  • Albert Vernon Hine (born in Oxford on 1 May 1891 and baptised at St Barnabas’s Church on 8 October)
  • Frank Hine (born in Oxford on 27 May 1893 and baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 27 July)
  • Percival Hine (Frank’s twin, baptised with him; died aged sis months, funeral at SS Philip & James Church 7 December 1893)
  • George Hine (born in Oxford on 21 December 1894 and baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 25 April 1895)
  • Harold Hine (born in Oxford on 8 February 1896 and baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 30 April; died later that year)
  • Leslie Hine (born in Oxford on 1 July 1897 and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 3 September)
  • Winifred Margaret Hine (born in Oxford in 1898, died aged eleven weeks, funeral at SS Philip & James Church on 26 September 1898)
  • Ewart Hine (born in Oxford on 16 July 1899 and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 30 August)
  • Phyllis Margery Hine (born in Oxford in February 1905 and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 26 March)

Leslie’s father was a printer compositor, later a printer’s reader. Back in 1881 he was a printer’s apprentice (16) living with his parents at Douglas Villa in Kingston Road, and own father had the curious job of “Artistic Director of Bones ‘Museum’ ”. After his marriage in about 1887 Leslie’s father chose to remain conveniently near Oxford University Press, and at the time of the 1891 census he lived with his young family at 25 Albert Street in Jericho.

By May 1893 the Hine family had moved to 65 Hayfield Road, which until 1896 was in SS Philip & James parish, and Leslie was born there in 1897. They were still there in 1898, but by the time Leslie’s next brother was baptised in July 1899 his family had moved to 65 Hayfield Road.

Leslie Hine's baptism

At tht time of the 1901 census Leslie (3) was living at 59 Hayfield Road (possibly the same house renumbered) with his father William (36), who was still a compositor, his mother Caroline (34), and his six siblings William (13), Mabel (12), Albert (9), Frank (7), George (6), and Ewart (1). His youngest sibling Phyllis was born in 1905.

Leslie attended SS Philip & James School, and was commended at an inspection on 1 November 1907. On 7 January 1907 he won a prize for four years’ full attendance.

Leslie's brother Albert Vernon Vine died at the age of 19 near the beginning of 1911 in the Tonbridge Registration District.

By the time of the 1911 census, four of Leslie's ten siblings were already dead. He was then aged 13 and still at school, living at 59 Hayfield Road with his parents and his six surviving siblings: William (23) was a printer's machine minder; Mabel (22) probably helped at home; Frank (17) was a domestic footman; George (16) was a machine minder's apprentice; and Esart (11) and Phyllis (6) were at school.

By 1914 the family had moved to 71 Plantation Road, which was also in St Margaret’s parish.

Poppy In the First World War Leslie Hine served as a Private in the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 5428, and later 202002). He must have lied about his age when he enlisted, because until March 1918 soldiers under the age of 19 were not sent abroad. He was killed in action in France at the age of 18 on 29 June 1916 and has no known grave.

Hine, St Paul

He is remembered on the Loos Memorial (Panel 83 to 85); and on the war memorial that was in St Paul's Church, Oxford but is now in St Barnabas Church (right); and outside St Margaret’s Church in north Oxford.

St Margaret's Church War Memorial

After the War

Leslie’s parents
  • Between the time Leslie went missing in 1916 and was confirmed as dead in 1917, his family moved from Plantation Road to 43 Observatory Street. The William Charles Hine living at 74 Cranham Street in 1936 is likely to be Leslie’s father
Leslie’s brother Frank
  • Frank Hine (born 1893), then a clerk of 43 Observatory Street, married Annie Amelia Jones at St Margaret’s Church on 23 December 1922.

See also

  • CWGC: HINE, Leslie
  • Oxford Journal Illustrated, 26 July 1916, “Heroes of the War”: photograph of L. Hine of Plantation Road, who was then reported as missing
  • Oxford Journal Illustrated, 25 July 1917, “Heroes of the War”: photograph of L. Hine, of Observatory Street, now confirmed dead
  • Wikipedia: Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

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