In August of 1875, a much loved Hinton School Teacher, Mr Cornelius O’Sullivan, died suddenly aged 34 years. He was a member of the East Maitland Volunteeer Rifle Corps. Captain Bartlett and 32 members of the Corps left East Maitland Station for Morpeth on the 1.30pm train and were joined there by other members and they all crossed the river on the punt and marched to Hinton.
The funeral was held at 4.00pm with a large gathering of relations, school children, volunteers and friends. After the service was concluded, three volleys were fired over the grave. The Company then formed outside the cemetery and marched off towards Morpeth.
The band played “The Soldiers Tear” as they passed through the town.
People counted 48 soldiers in uniform.