John A. “Jackie” Hindle was born on April 26, 1901, in England to Robert and Edith Hindle. In 1909, the Hindle family, which included Jackie’s younger brother Theodore, emigrated to the United States and settled in Camden, New Jersey, in 1919. They rented a home at 816 Tulip Street.
Jackie’s father, Robert, worked as a blacksmith at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in Camden, where Jackie himself was employed as a draftsman’s helper by January of 1920. His brother Theodore was a machinist’s apprentice. By 1924, Jackie had moved out of his father’s home and was living at 689 Morgan Street.
From 1923 to 1929, Jackie Hindle fought as a professional lightweight boxer, facing off against notable opponents like future Junior Welterweight World Champion Johnny Jadick and Camden lightweight Lew Skymer. Despite the physical toll of his boxing career, he maintained a lasting friendship with Skymer outside the ring.
In the early 1930s, Jackie had a run-in with the law that resulted in his sentencing to state prison. After serving his time, he returned to Camden and left his boxing career behind. In the 1930s and 1940s, he worked as a steward and bartender at the 14th Ward Democrat Club, located at 2461 South 7th Street in Camden. In 1936, he lived just a short walk from the club at 685 Woodland Avenue. By 1947, Jackie had relocated to 537 Fairview Street, in “the Terraces” neighborhood of Camden, which was adjacent to the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyards.
Jackie Hindle spent the rest of his life in Camden, passing away in May of 1970. He was survived by his wife Helen, sons William and John A. Jr., and brother Theodore.
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Jackie Hindle fought professionally from 1923 to 1929 as a lightweight, later going to prison in the early 1930’s. He was also a Camden police officer and bartender.
Camden has had its ups and downs in the boxing game, but probably reached its peak so far as performers are concerned when bouts were held at the Haddon Avenue Armory during 1919-20.
Down Memory Lane with that Old Gang of Yours… in a few of the years when Our Town was as good a sport town as any in the land… from the time that Taylor and Gunnis promoted fights through the years to Roxey Allen… Mickey Blair… Eddie Chaney… Shamus Maguire… Pee Wee Ross… Jackie Hindle……