BILTON, Margaret Lizzie
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Date 13 December 1867 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
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Occupation Nurse
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
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Military Service

Served with Queen Alexandra's Nursing Service Served in
Military District

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Nurse, midwife


Date 21 October 1934 Age 66 years
Place of Death Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated at Waikimete, Auckland. Memorial Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Timaru - General Section, Row 11, Plot 46
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Margaret Lizzie Bilton, born on 13 December 1867 and baptised on 5 January 1868 at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Timaru, was the third daughter of John and Elizabeth (née Inwood) Bilton. John Bilton died in 1894 and Elizabeth in 1900, both buried in Timaru Cemetery. She was educated privately and at Timaru Main School, leaving at sixteen for home. She was at Timaru in 1893. Margaret trained as a nurse, and wrote in detail of her experiences with the Back-Blocks District Nursing scheme. Come March 1915 and she left for England to offer her services in the war effort with Queen Alexandra’s Nursing Reserve. She returned home after four years of service. Margaret died on 21 October 1934 at Auckland, aged 66 years. She was cremated at Waikumete; there is a memorial over her parents’ grave at the Timaru Cemetery. Two brothers, Francis and Arthur, served with the Australian Forces in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 April 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 April 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [14 April 2020]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [14 April 2020]; Waimkumete Cremation record (Auckland Council) [22 April 2020]; St Mary’s Timaru Baptism records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [16 April 2020]; ref. Kai Tiaki: the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, 1 January 1910, 1 April 1915 [x 2], 1 July 1917, more (Papers Past) [14/02/2020]

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