HATTON, Gordon
(Service number 24/1390)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 18 August 1896 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 48 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North
Occupation Motor mechanic
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Frederick HATTON (father), Evans Street, Timaru
Religion Anglican
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 3rd Reinforcements, 2nd Battalion, F Company
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Tahiti or Warrimoo
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



Date 27 March 1959 Age 62 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston North
Memorial Reference Block 008, Plot 047
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Gordon Hatton was born on 18 August 1896 at Timaru, the fourth son of Frederick (Fred) and Jessie (née Walker) Hatton. It appears that his father was born Frederick Parkinson and was adopted by the Hatton family after his mother’s death. For a time he used the name Frederick Hatton Parkinson then simply Frederick Hatton . Six of the children were register Parkinson, and Gordon one of the two registered Hatton. He married as Frederick Parkinson and died as Frederick Parkinson Hatton. Gordon Hatton was baptised at St Mary’s Anglican on 13 September 1898, with his brother Stanley and sister Maud Hatton who were both born Parkinson. Along with his siblings Gordon was educated at Waimataitai School.

Gordon Hatton, a motor mechanic, gave his home address on enlistment and named his father as next-of kin. He married Agnes Winifred Kavanagh in 1920. Gordon Parkinson Hatton died on 27 March 1959, aged 62 years and is buried in the Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston North, with his wife, Agnes.

Four Hatton brothers served in World War I, the others being James Robert, Frederick Henry and Stanley. Their youngest brother, Nelson Stuart Hatton lost his life in World War II – 4 September 1942 in Egypt. Photo in Onward, Vol. 5


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [13 June 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 June 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [13 June 2020]; Kelvin Grove Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Palmerston North District Council) [14 June 2020]; St Mary’s Timaru Baptism record transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [14 June 2020}

External Links

Related Documents

No documents available. 

Researched and Written by

Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG

Currently Assigned to

Not assigned.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Logo. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License unless otherwise stated.

Tell us more

Do you have information that could be added to this story? Or related images that you are happy to share? Submit them here!

Your Details
Veteran Details
- you may attach an image or document up to 10MB