BILTON, Francis Edmund
(Service number 3710)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 5 August 1869 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 12 July 1915 Age 45 years
Address at Enlistment St Helens Road, Upper Hawthorn, Victoria
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs Marion C. BILTON, 9 Wentworth Avenue, Canterbury, Victoria
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Force Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 12th Reinforcement
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 5th Battalion
Date 23 November 1915
Transport Ceramic
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 14 March 1963 Age 93 years
Place of Death Surrey Hills, Whitehorse City, Victoria, Australia
Memorial or Cemetery Boxhill Cemetery, Box Hill, Victoria
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Francis Edmund Bilton (Frank), born on 5 August 1869 and baptised on 29 August at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Timaru, was the son of John and Elizabeth (née Inwood) Bilton. John Bilton died in 1894 and Elizabeth in 1900, both buried in Timaru Cemetery. His early education was at Miss Pavitt’s Private School at Timaru, before he went to Timaru Main School, leaving for High School at the age of fourteen. Francis married Marion Charlotte Lynch in 1915 in Victoria. His brother Arthur also served with the Australian Forces in World War I, and his sister Margaret served with Queen Alexandra’s Nursing Service.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 March 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 April 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [14 April 2020]; Find A Grave [14 April 2020]; St Mary’s Timaru Baptism records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [16 April 2020]

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