Title: In Memory of (Philip) Kevan Hinson 1966-2016 (aged 49)
Author: P. M. Fenwick
Date: February 2016

It is with great sadness I write the following about my good friend Kevan Hinson:

Kevan was a true gentleman.  He was kind and intelligent with an unparalleled knowledge of his specific military history interests and
always keen to use his expertise to help others. Kev was a wonderful, genuine person and, above all, was much admired for being brilliant as both father and mother to his young daughter. 

For many years, Kev had been working towards producing a world-class, standard ‘Butterfly Bomb’ (SD2) reference book.  He knew
more about this weapon than anybody else.  I know that, amongst much other research, he was continually collecting data about the
famous and horrific German SD2 raid on the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Great Coates area in June 1943. (And also about a little-known
and much lighter raid in the Lincoln area.)  Kev had some ‘Grimsby’ items in his remarkable collection.

Three days before he was taken ill, Kev very kindly let me have a signed copy of Lt. Col. Eric Wakeling’s book ‘The Lonely War’.  This
was a typical gesture from Kev. Eric Wakeling was a true hero in Kev’s opinion and will always be associated with the clearing of
thousands of butterfly bombs from Grimsby and Cleethorpes. 

Kev became ill very suddenly and was rushed into hospital some 50 minutes away from his home.  He went into a steady decline and
died 18 days later with his family present.  Kev wasn’t a Grimsby area resident and it’s a cruel irony that he died in the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital just a few streets away from where SD2s were dropped in 1943.

Kev really made the most of his 49 years of life.  He travelled the world twice, once in each direction, coming back to start his research and to care for animals. He then dedicated his life to being a devoted single parent and still found time to be the ‘oracle’ known to many on the internet. (I note today that well over 2,000 people have read of Kev’s death on one site!)

Few people in North East Lincolnshire will have heard of Kevan before but, if he had lived to finish his book, his name would’ve been known to many with an interest in local WWII history.

RIP Kev.  I’ll miss you.

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