Major Hynds in 1942

Officers of the 1st Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles, July 1942

Major Frederick Robert Armstrong Hynds


Unit : "C" Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles

Service No. : 134847

Awards : Military Cross


Major Hynds was born in Belfast on the 26th January 1903.


Gallantry and outstanding courage when in close contact with the enemy. Near Ste Honorine on 7th June 1944, whilst commanding a Company which was under heavy and concentrated fire for about nine hours, this officer displayed the highest quality in personal leadership, in that he, on numerous occasions and with total disregard for his personal safety, exposed himself to both small arms and concentrated artillery fire in order to encourage and steady his men in the most critical stage in the battle, and also to assist in the evacuation of the wounded. This act was an inspiration to his men and set a magnificent example. The position was held until evacuation was finally ordered.


On the 9th June Major Hynds assisted in organising the evacuation of wounded from the Regimental Aid Post at Longueval. On this occasion, the Regimental Aid Post was under close and accurate rifle fire and again with total disregard to his personal safety he would not seek cover until all his men had been evacuated.


Major Hynds was wounded in early July and evacuated from the battlefield. He died, aged 80, in Belfast on the 16th July 1983.


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