HILLYER, Ernest Alfred
(Service number 43918)

First Rank Sergeant Last Rank


Date 24 March 1886 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Eiffleton
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin James HILLYER (father), Eiffleton, Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 27th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 13 June 1917
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Farmer; storeman


Date 26 November 1951 Age 65 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area 251, Plot 16
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Ernest Alfred Hillyer was the son (it appears) of James Hillyer and Phoebe née Terry. James and Phoebe married in England and emigrated to Dunedin, New Zealand, with children in 1874. More children were born in Otago before Arthur was born at Waimate in 1883. The 24th Reinforcements – E. A. Hillyer included - left Timaru for Trentham by the second express on 5 January 1917. They were entertained by the ladies of the Patriotic War Relief Society in Miss Read’s Stafford Tea Rooms. The 2nd (S.C.) Regimental Band was in attendance and Senior Cadets formed a cordon at the Strathallan Street crossing. Two brothers, James George and Arthur, were called up for war service.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 August 2019]; Ashburton Cemetery headstone transcription (NZSG cemetery records) [15 August 2019]; Timaru Herald, 5 January 1917 (Papers Past) [07 January 2014]

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