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

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Railways, Taihape
Occupation Signalman, NZ Railways
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin G. R. HILTON (father), McQuarrie Street, Invercargill
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 Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 1st Battalion, B Company
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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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

15 September 1916 wounded; reported missing.

Post-war Occupations


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

Biographical Notes

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 ( [05 June 2020]; Timaru Herald, 17 November 1916 (Papers Past) [04 June 2020]

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