HATTON, James Robert
(Service number 47136)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Sergeant


Date 18 August 1889 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Evans Street, Timaru
Occupation Engineer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs F. HATTON (mother), Evans Street, Timaru
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 25th Reinforcements, G Company
Date 26 April 1917
Transport Turakina
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 9 June 1973 Age 83 years
Place of Death Temuka
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 271, Plot 161
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Robert Hatton, known as Jim, was born on 18 August 1889 at Timaru, the eldest son of Frederick (Fred) and Jessie (née Walker) Hatton. His birth was registered as James Robert Hatton Parkinson. 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, two Hatton. He married as Frederick Parkinson and died as Frederick Parkinson Hatton. Along with his siblings Jim was educated at Waimataitai School.

James Robert Hatton, an iron and brass moulder, was called up in 1916. On enlistment, he gave his home address and named his mother as next-of kin. James Robert Hatton Parkinson married Myra Knowles in 1925. Jim died on 9 June 1973 at Temuka, aged 83 years and is buried at Temuka, his wife Myra with him.

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


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]; Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [14 June 2020]

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