Remembering the Forgotten Dead of a Forgotten War

Sidney Wyatt Hinson was one of the over 18 million dead of World War I

Sidney Hinson portrait taken at Clement Studio, Goldsboro, NC, 1917
Sidney Hinson portrait taken at Clement Studio, Goldsboro, NC, 1917.

Born April 23, 1896 in Wayne County, NC, Sidney Hinson was the oldest son of Council, a carpenter, and Fannie.

Sidney joined the North Carolina National Guard on April 1, 1916 at almost 21 years of age and was assigned to the local Company D of the NC 2nd Infantry. His unit was sent to the Mexican border near El Paso, TX later the next year, where they spent several months patrolling the border during the Mexican Revolution.

Entering the fight in France

After the American declaration of war against Germany and Austria-Hungary on April 2, 1917, Sidney’s National Guard unit was called up and he was assigned to Company D of the 119th Infantry Brigade, 30th Division, nicknamed “Old Hickory”. The 30th arrived at the Liverpool docks on May 18, 1918 and France two days later.

30th Division logo
30th Division logo, “Old Hickory”

Although the 30th saw action for only a few months, it was some of the fiercest action of the war. On October 8th Sidney and his unit reached Estrée, in northern France and over the next few days fought east, driving the German army back towards the Belgium border.

The 119th received orders that they were to be relieved by another regiment on the 10th but during their movement from the front line they came into view of German artillery and machine guns. Sidney died in this engagement, likely by machine gun fire.

Sidney Hinson WWI military service card
Sidney’s military service card.

His body was buried nearby in a temporary grave and later re-interred next to his father Council at Willow Dale Cemetery in his hometown of Goldsboro, NC.

Sidney Hinson photographs and documents

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National Guard service

Sidney Hinson holding 1911 Colt pistol
Sidney holding a Colt 1911 pistol, 1916 or 1917.


Sidney Hinson and two others with dogs and a prairie dog
Sidney (left) with two other guardsmen, 1916 or 1917. The man in the center has what looks to be a prairie dog, on a leash.


Photograph of D Company, 2nd NC Infantry, 1917
Company D, 2nd North Carolina Infantry, taken in 1916 or 1917.


Red Cross Photo of temporary grave in France
Temporary grave near Busigny, France. This photo was taken by the Red Cross and sent to the family.


Graves of Sidney and his father Council at Willow Dale Cemetery, Goldsboro, NC
Headstones of Sidney and his father Council, Willow Dale Cemetery, Goldsboro, NC.


Goldsboro Community Building memorial for Wayne County men killed in WWI
Memorial sign listing names of Wayne County, NC men killed in the war, 1919. The sign is in front of the Wayne County courthouse in Goldsboro. Photo courtesy Wayne County Public Library.


Veterans Administration letters

The following letters were sent to Sidney’s step-mother Ada in 1938-39 and refer to her claims for death compensation. The final letter, dated June 28, 1939, was sent to Sidney’s half-brother Herman, and states that Sidney’s father’s death compensation claim had been approved January 4, but because Council died January 5, the claim was canceled.

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