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Major Minden CC Pinchin died 20-4-2017 aged 35

We are not too sure what connection Minden Charles Cardigan Pinching has with Upavon, but it does appear that there are a few Pinchings around this area.

Minden Charles Cardigan Pinching was born on 25.10.81 at Balcarry, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland to Adam Park and Elizabeth Gladstone Pinching.

On 7 Jun 1885 Minden’s father, Adam Park Pinching, a retired Captain in Her Majesty’s 20th Regiment of Foot, died in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.

By 1891 Minden is living with his mother and his sister Agnes Mary at 18 Queensgate Gardens in Kensington in London.

Minden was educated at Wellington College in Berkshire.

By the 5th December 1900 Minden was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen’s Bays), and by the 8th June 1901 he was a Lieutenant.

In the 1901 census, Minden is based at Aldershot Military in Stanhope and Wellington Lines, Hampshire, his mother is living as a boarder, in Ober Road in Brockenhurst Hampshire, she is living on her own means.

Between 1901 and 1902 Lieutenant Minden CC Pinching took part in the S. African War, he won the Queen's Medal, with 5 clasps.

From 1903 to 1906 Minden was an Adjutant, an Adjutant is a staff officer who assists the commanding officer of a regiment, battalion or garrison in the details of regimental, garrison or similar duty. On the 3rd April 1907 Minden was made a Captain.

On 23rd August 1908 Minden’s mother died at Lodge Farm Farnham, Surrey.

In 1911 census, Captain Minden CC Pinching is with the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen’s Bays) in Wellington Lines, in Aldershot.

On 6th October 1913 Minden Charles Cardigan Pinching Married Evelyn Percy Warner (nee Dove), at St James Church, Westminster.

At the outbreak of War

The 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen’s Bays), formed part of the original British Expiditionary Force within the 1st Calvary Brigade, and first saw action at Mons on the 23rd August 1914. Having taken part in the First Battle of the Marne (5-10th September) Captain Pinching was wounded on 12th September, but not seriously, and soon returned to his duties.

He was promoted to Major on the 1st November 1914.

The Regiment continued to be involved in the fighting on the Ypres Salient throughout the remainder of 1914 and 1915, both in a Cavalry role and also fighting in the trenches as infantry.

On 18th March 1915 at Smallburgh, Norfolk, Evelyn Percy Pinching gave birth to a daughter, Evelyn Amy Pinching (1915–1988).

On 14th January 1916, the London Gazette announced the award of both the Distinguished Service Order and a Mention in Dispatches for gallantry in the field to Major Pinching.

As preparations were made in the summer of 1916 for a major Allied offensive on the Somme, the Cavalry Regiments reverted to their true role and formed into three Cavalry Divisions, with the task of creating a breakthrough once the initial infantry and artillery attacks had broken the German resistance. It did not happen; the attack of 1st July was a failure and the fighting once again degenerated into the bloody stalemate of trench warfare.

On 15th September 1916, the Guards Division mounted an attack to seize Ginchy, Flers, etc, with the Cavalry again poised for a breakthrough. Major Pinching was seriously wounded during this action but refused to leave his post and would not accept treatment until obliged to do so. He was later transferred to a London hospital, where he died of his wounds on Friday 20th April 1917. He was buried in a Military Grave, in the Churchyard of All Saints Church, Tilford, Surrey, his wife's home village. (The grave is to the south-west of the Church.)

Major Pinching was, in addition to the DSO, awarded the French Croix de Guerre, for his services and for gallantry, on 1st May 1917. All of his decorations were presented by his daughter in 1966 to the Regimental Museum, Cardiff Castle, where they are on permanent display.

Minden’s daughter Evelyn Amie "Evie" Pinching was a British alpine skier who won the 1936 women's downhill and combined events in the world championship in Innsbruck, and competed in the 1936 Winter Olympics, where she finished ninth in the alpine skiing combined. Evie Pinching has an award dedicated to her:

The Evie Pinching Award is an annual prize organised by the Ski Club of Great Britain given to an athlete aged 24 or under considered 'one to watch' in their snowsports discipline. The athletes are nominated by the sport’s UK national governing bodies, Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland, Snowsport Wales, Disability Snowsport UK and British Ski and Snowboard - with a shortlist of then chosen by the Ski Club. This shortlist is then open to public vote. The winner receives a £1,000 bursary and training opportunities with elite athletes.

Evelyn Percy Pinching, Minden’s wife, died on 30th January 1958 in Nice in France.

Evie Pinching, Minden’s Daughter died on 24th December 1988 in Westminster in London.

The information about these people has been taken from Ancestry.co.uk and other websites such as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the information here, we think, is correct, but it may not be, if you know any more information about these people and would like to share it with us please email us at upavonwarmemorial@upavonpc.co.uk.

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