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Arborfield ATS, Intake October 1939.


The following information and photos have kindly been contributed by

Carole Costin,

 the daughter of Joe Hinds.


Joe Hinds in 1943.


Joseph was recalled to H.Q. on the 28th of September 2001.


Enlistment Attestation


Christian name – Joseph

Surname – Hinds

In the parish of – Lanchester

in or near the Town of – Stanley

in the County of – Durham


Nationality of Parents at their birth –

Father – English

Mother – English


Trade or calling – Juvenile


Age last birthday – 15


Date of birth – 12th July 1924


For what Corps are you willing to be enlisted – R.A.O.C [Apprenticed Tradesman]

Royal Army Ordnance Corps


Signed up for 12 years

“Up to the age of 18 with the Colours and thereafter for the term of twelve years, for the first EIGHT with the Colours and for the remaining FOUR years in the Army Reserve, making a period of twelve years from the date on which you attained the age of 18 years.”


Signed and dated 5 October 1939 


Enlisted at Blackburn


Army Number: 7601271


Posted – RAOC  Boys Army Technical School, Arborfield

[Apprentice Tradesman]


Service Details.

12th of January 1942 Joe was posted to the ranks having reached 17½ years of age.

1st of October 1942 a new corps was formed and he transferred to R.E.M.E. with the rank of Craftsman and joined the 1st A.A. Div W/S Coy. R.E.M.E. at Golders Green, North London.

On 1st of March 1946 he was posted to Germany and promoted to Paid Acting Corporal, followed on the 2nd of May by promotion to Paid Acting Sergeant.  The photo below is relevant here.


Editor’s Note.

Carole has no information about the photo below but my thoughts are that it was taken at No.1 Central Vehicle Depot, R.E.M.E. Workshop, in Moenchengladbach, B.A.O.R.  The unit was established there in 1948.  The version of the R.E.M.E. cap badge displayed on the board was introduced in 1947.   As noted above, Joe had transferred from the R.A.O.C. to R.E.M.E. by this time.  If anybody can add some detail to the photo, please contact The Editor.


Rear Rank, 2nd from the right, Joseph Hinds.



20th July 2013.

Army Apprentice National Memorial,

at the

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.


At the Drum Head Service, which was part of the

50th Arborfield Old Boys Association Reunion,

A Cross of Remembrance was laid for

Joe Hinds, Intake October 1939.




First Published: 15th September 2012.

Latest Update: 1st August 2013.