Neville Hind

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Neville Godfray Hind (1892-1973)

Family

Neville Hind, born in Jersey on 8 January 1892, the eldest son of Dr Alfred Hind, of Midvale Road, was one of the few Jerseymen to achieve success in a military career and return to the island on retirement successfully to enter the political arena. In 1921 he married Margaret Kay Hall and both she and their son David predeceased him. In 1958 he married Noelle Browne, with whom he lived at Pré de Bécasse, Longueville until his death in 1973.

He became a Jurat and Senator in the years immediately following the Second World War, having been awarded the Military Cross for gallantry while serving in the Indian Army. He served during both world wars.

Educated at Winchester College, Hind entered the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1911, joining the 2nd Gurkha Regiment the following year. He fought with his regiment in France in the First World War and was mentioned in dispatches, before returning to India where he was again mentioned in dispatches.

Citation

The citation for his award of the Military Cross on 19 February 1920 reads:

Capt Neville Godfray Hind, 2/2nd, attd 4/3rd, Gurkha Eif., Ind Army. For gallantry and devotion to duty on 19 February 1920, at Makin, when he conducted a skilful attack on a tower. On reaching his objective he came under heavy fire from across a nullah. He then personally attempted to enter the tower and bomb the enemy, and was severely wounded. His example and leadership were responsible for the success of the day's work.

Hinds injuries were to afflict him for the rest of his life but he continued his military career. He attended Staff College in 1923-24 and was then appointed brigade-major of the Zhob Brigade, followed by general staff officer of Northern Command, India.

For four years from 1930 he was in London as assistant secretary of the Committee of Imperial Defence, before returning to his regiment in India and being promited to brigadier and then major-general. During the Second World War he commanded the Jubbulpore Brigade and Sind District and was made a Companion of the Order of the Star of India.

Jersey politics

Returning to Jersey shortly after the Liberation, Major-General Hinds was elected a Jurat in 1946, and Senator two years later when they replaced the Jurats in the States. He served a three-year term during which he was president of the Natural Beauties and Legislation Committees, and has head of a special Divorce Committee, was responsible for the introduction and enactment of a new divorce law.

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