War Service: Ernest Hilton served as a Bombardier with the 184th Brigade Royal Field Artillery and his service number was L/38361. He died of his wounds at York Place, General Hospital, Brighton on 9 May 1918 aged 26.
Location of Memorial: He is buried in Brockley cemetery, where his name is recorded on the screen wall listing those whose graves have no headstone.
Details: Ernest Hilton was born on 3rd April 1892 to Charles and Martha Hilton. He was baptised on 14th April 1895 at Camberwell Corpus Christi Mission Church at the same time as two of his brothers and two of his sisters. His father was a box maker. Ernest attended Mina Road School and Canterbury Road School.
In 1911 he was recorded living at 59 Bramcote Road, Rotherhithe with his widowed mother Martha and brother Oscar. He had six other siblings of whom three had already died. He was working as a general labourer in a lady’s hat manufacturer.
He married Elizabeth Louisa Nash on 5th May 1912 at St Paul's, Deptford and they had four children Vera, Queenie, Ernest and Nina.
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