A Great War O.B.E., M.C. group of seven awarded to Major J. T. Hines, Royal Engineers
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt; Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; 1914-15 Star (2. Lieut. J. T. Hines. R.E.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Capt. J. T. Hines.); Serbia, Kingdom, Order of the White Eagle, breast Badge, silver-gilt and enamel; Egypt, Kingdom, Order of the Nile, by Lattes, breast Badge, with rosette upon riband, maker's name to reverse,
mounted as worn, good very fine (7)
O.B.E. London Gazette 12 December 1919.
M.C. London Gazette 1 January 1918.
Serbian Order of the White Eagle London Gazette 19 February 1917.
John Tatham Hines was born at Newcastle on 7 June 1884 and was educated at Burstow College, Horley and University College, Reigate from 1894-1901. Having qualified as an engineer, he took work with F. T. Clayton of Reigate as Resident Engineer for the drainage and sewage disposal works in that town from 1901-04 before working for J. Taylor & Santo Crimp from 1904-07. A short period at Wilton followed, before the start of a long career in Egypt. Initially Assistant Engineer for design of the Cairo Main Drainage under Mr Carkeet James from 1907-10, he was thence Assistant Director of Works, 1910-13 and Chief Engineer for Port Said, 1913-14.
Upon the commencement of the Great War, Hines was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and served in France before transferring to work on the Suez Canal defences as Field Engineer of 15th Corps. Further appointment as Staff Officer to the Chief Engineer of the East Force in 1916, he was Staff Officer to the Chief Engineer of the Desert Column in 1917 and in the same role to the 21st Corps in 1917, being made Brigade Major until the conclusion of the Great War. Besides his decorations, Hines was also mentioned no less than four times (London Gazette 1 December 1916, 12 January 1918, 22 January & 5 June 1919, refers). Returned to the Egyptian Government, he was made Chief Engineer at Port Said in 1919 and claimed his Medals in Egypt in May 1921. It seems almost certain his Order of the Nile was made in respect of this work and he retired in April 1924. Taking up work back home as Manager of the Whitehall Asphalt Company building roads and thence Chief Engineer for Baldry, Yerburgh & Hutchinson building roads. Appointed to the Institute of Chartered Engineers in 1910, he remained on their Membership List of the until 1978, when he was living at Sedlecombe Lodge, St Leonards on Sea; sold together with a stack of copied research.