Gunner Edward Freeman HiltonRegiment:Canadian Field ArtilleryBattalion:3rd Brigade 8th Canadian Siege BatteryRegimental Number:2163315 Rank:GunnerDate of Birth:September 21, 1897 Place of Birth:Yarmouth, N.S.Date of Enlistment:January 20, 1917Address at Enlistment:Yarmouth North, N.S.Place of Enlistment:Halifax, N.S.Age at Enlistment:19 years, 4 monthsHeight: 5 feet 5 1/2 inches; Hair colour: Dark BrownPrior Military Experience:R.C.G.ATrade:FiremanMarital Status:SingleReligion:MethodistNext of Kin:Alfred Hilton (Father); Yarmouth North, Yarmouth NSEdward Freeman Hilton was the son of Alfred D. S. and Letitia Hilton, of Yarmouth North, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Before enlisting, Edward was employed at the Cotton Mill, Yarmouth. His father also enlisted and served overseas. His mother received word of his death on September 18, 1918. He had died of gunshot wounds and a fracture of his right leg on September 10, 1918. Edward only a few months earlier had been severely wounded and had been in hospital in England. His mother had received a letter from him weeks before the news of his death. He had written from Scotland where he was at the time convalescing. The family was not aware that he had returned to the front.Edward’s earlier wounding was on May 29, 1918 and he was admitted to a Military Hospital in France having been badly gassed and shell shocked. This news was received by the family in June. At that time his father had enlisted only a few weeks earlier and was an artificer in a training camp in Quebec.War Diary - 8th Canadian Siege Battery:The war diary of the 8th Canadian Siege Battery records that on May 28, 1918, twenty-nine men were hospitalized after being gassed and again on May 29th, 1918 thirty-nine men were hospitalized after being gassed. On September 10, 1918, the war diary records that “Gunner E Hilton was severely wounded about 9:00 am. He dies in a dressing station about 10 pm”.Date of Death:September 10, 1918 (wounded 9:00 am/died 10 pm September 10, 1918)Age:20Buried at:Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France Plot: V. H. 55.The area around Duisans was occupied by Commonwealth forces from March 1916, but it was not until February 1917 that the site of this cemetery was selected for the 8th Casualty Clearing Station. The first burials took place in March and from the beginning of April the cemetery grew very quickly, with burials being made from the 8th Casualty Clearing Station (until April 1918), the 19th (until March 1918), and the 41st (until July 1917).Most of the graves relate to the Battles of Arras in 1917, and the trench warfare that followed. From May to August 1918, the cemetery was used by divisions and smaller fighting units for burials from the front line. In the Autumn of 1918 the 23rd, 1st Canadian and 4th Canadian Clearing Stations remained at Duisans for two months, and the 7th was there from November 1918 to November 1920.There are now 3,205 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated at Duisans British Cemetery. Commemorated on Page 429 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 14Sources:Commonwealth War Grave CommissionCanadian Great War ProjectVeterans Affairs Canada (War Diaries)“A Monument Speaks” A Thurston 1989 (pp 215-216) (Letter)
Gunner Edward Freeman Hilton
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No 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station B E FSeptember 11, 1918Dear Mrs. HiltonIt is my sad duty to write you of the death of your son, Gunner E. Hilton, No 2163315, 8th Canadian Siege Batt. C.G.A. He was wounded in the right leg-compound fracture - and was brought here last night and died either on the way in or shortly after he arrived here.I buried him today at 2:15 in the British Military Cemetery and his grave will be marked by a cross on which will be his name, number and battalion. The number of his grave is 54, plot 5, row H. It will be easy to find in the future.I am sorry that I cannot give you any more particulars. However, I know that your son died for others, that others might enjoy peace and freedom. He has gone to his reward and I believe you will meet him at the Saviour’s right hand when this strange life is over.With deepest sympathy to you all, I am, sincerely yours,A. D. Reid, Can. Chaplain.