44845 Rifleman William George Hinton

3rd Battalion

New Zealand Rifle Brigade

8th December 1917

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Born in Thames-Coromandel, Waikato,New Zealand on 24/09/1885.

His parents were Henry Hinton(1849-24/07/1935) and Elizabeth Mays(1854-04/02/1911). they were married on 03/09/1877.

William had 6 brothers, Thomas Henry Hatheral(23/03/1879- 26/02/1948),

Alexander John Frederick(27/05/1882-01/05/1968),

Charles Bernard(14/09/1883-23/10/1960),

James Jasper(10/08/1887- 04/01/1957) and Arthur(21/11/1889-30/08/1954).

He also had a sister,Anna Mary May(01/05/1892-22/09/1973).

The family lived on Higgins Road, Frankton Junction,

New Zealand.

William enlisted in Hamilton on 25/11/1916,though his  service record records that his medical took place on 11/11/1916,the details of which are recorded below;

Occupation - Labourer, Declared age 31

Height 5 ft 7 1/2 inches, Weight 184 lbs

Chest Measurement - Minimum 38 1/2 inches

                                    Maximum 42  inches

Complexion - Fair, Eyes - Blue, Hair - Auburn. 

William was posted to E Company 25th Battalion on 09/01/1917, then to A company on 20/01/1917,before finally being posted to J company of 24th Battalion on 02/1917.

His journey to the western front began on 14/04/1917, embarking in Wellington aboard  the Pakena.  For some reason the ship had to return to Wellington on 17/04/1917 and did not restart its journey until 26/04/1917.

On the 02/05/1917 the ship arrived at Australia and William dis-embarked in Sydney, where he was to spend a week in before once again boarding the Pakena on 09/05/1917 and making the long journey to England.

It was to be over 2 months later on 28/07/1917 when William dis-embarked in Devonport England.

Just over a  week later they were marched into London on 09/08/1917.

He left for France on 18/10/1917 and 2 days later marched into the camp at Etaples.

William marched out to division on 24/10/1917 and joined his battalion in the field,being posted to J company  the next day.

He was killed in action on 08/12/1917.    

He was awarded the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.