HILTON, John Percy
(Service number 23/458)
|Aliases||Known as Percy|
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||26 July 1884||Place of Birth||Invercargill|
|Address at Enlistment||Railways, Taihape|
|Occupation||Signalman, NZ Railways|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||G. R. HILTON (father), McQuarrie Street, Invercargill|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||1st Battalion, B Company|
|Date||9 October 1915|
|Transport||Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
15 September 1916 wounded; reported missing.
|Date||15 September 1916||Age||32 years|
|Place of Death||Somme, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, Somme, France; Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill - memorial on parents' headstone|
|Memorial Reference||9. F. 32.|
|New Zealand Memorials||Railways Roll of Honour board, Wellington Railway Station, Pipitea, Wellington|
John Percy Hilton, known as Percy, was born on 26 July 1884 at Invercargill, the son of George Richard and Annie Elizabeth Hilton. He was educated at Invercargill South School. (The Timaru Herald of 17 November 1916 incorrectly reports South School, Timaru, but correctly refers to Waimate.) John was a railway employee at various places, working as asignalman at Taihape when he enlisted, but previously a porter at Waimate. Rifleman J. P. Hilton was wounded on 15 September 1916 and was reported missing. After a court of enquiry was conducted, it was determined that he had been killed in action on 15 September at the Somme.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [05 June 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [05 June 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [05 June 2020]; Timaru Herald, 17 November 1916 (Papers Past) [04 June 2020]
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