Name:Edward Freeman HiltonRank:GunnerRegimental Number:2163315 Regiment:Canadian Field Artillery3rd Brigade, Canadian Siege BatteryDate of Birth:September 21, 1897 Place of Birth:Yarmouth, NSDate of Enlistment:January 20, 1917Place of Enlistment:Halifax, NSAddress at Enlistment:Yarmouth, NSAge at Enlistment:19 Height: 5 feet, 5 ½ inchesComplexion: RuddyHair: dark brownEyes: greyPrevious Military:Royal CanadianGarrison ArtilleryTrade:FiremanMarital Status:SingleReligion:MethodistNext of Kin:Alfred Hilton (Father); Yarmouth, NSDate of Death:September 10, 1918 (wounded 9:00 am/died 10 pm September 10, 1918)Age at Death:20Cemetery:Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France Grave Reference:V. H. 55.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 14Edward Freeman Hilton was the son of Alfred Dunstan Snow Hilton and Letitia (Penney) Hilton, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Before enlisting, he was employed at the Cotton Mill, Yarmouth. His father also enlisted and served overseas. Edward first enlisted on April 14, 1916 at Halifax at the age of 17 and served with the 8th Canadian Siege Battery. Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery (Service Number 9532). On January 20, 1917 he transferred for overseas service.His mother received word of Edward’s death on September 18, 1918. He died of gunshot wounds and a fracture of his right leg on September 10, 1918. Only a few months earlier on May 29, 1918 Edward was admitted to a Military Hospital in France having been badly gassed and shell shocked. His mother had received a letter from him weeks before the news of his death, written from Scotland where he was at the time convalescing. The family was not aware that he had returned to the front.
Edward Freeman Hilton
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”.