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Jesse Hindley was born in Wigan in 1884, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth. In 1901, he was living with his parents and siblings Joseph, Alice, Thomas, Mary Ann, Christopher and Harry at 1 Eagle Street, Wolverhampton. By 1911, he was serving in India with the 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (service number 8067). Jesse married Mary Spilsbury in Wolverhampton in 1912. There are 8 children registered in Wolverhampton with the Hindley surname and Spilsbury as the mother’s maiden name – Jane (1913), Jessie (1914), Joseph H. (1920), George (1926), Winifred (1927), Christopher (1929), Gwendoline (1932) and Patricia (1936).
On war being declared, Jesse rejoined the Worcestershire Regiment, serving from 5 November 1914. During the course of the First World War, he served as a Lance Corporal with the Norfolk Regiment (number 23205) and then served again with the Worcestershire Regiment (number 74240). The address on his Medal Roll Index Card was 31 Pearson Street, Wolverhampton. He served at Mons, Marne, and the Aisne, and was wounded at Ypres. On his recovery he was sent to Gallipoli, but was wounded again at Suvla Bay. Again recovering, he went to Egypt and Mesopotamia, when he was wounded again. He was sent to India and from there to England. He was awarded the Military Medal, which was officially presented to him on 5 August 1918 by the Chairman of Bilston District Council Mr W. Hughes on 4 August 1918 in front of Bilston Town Hall, as reported in the Express & Star a day later.
Jesse appears to have survived the war, but I have not been able to confirm further details.