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Frank Hilton was born the 17th of November, 1893 at 5 Johnston Street, Tyldesley, to Samuel Theodore Hilton and Margaret Alice Pemberton.  Samuel was a hawker, who travelled around with his horse and cart selling pots, pans, and assorted household items.

Frank enjoyed considerable success as a student at school, but was unable to pursue higher education as he had to go to work to help support his family.  He worked first as a piecer, a cotton spinning assistant, and eventually became a cotton spinner himself.  He enlisted in the 4th battalion of the Territorial Force with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on the 8th of May, 1913.  His service number was 1670, but that was changed to 240234 when the Territorial Force was renumbered in 1917.

FHilton Army K20 edited

Private Hilton sailed to France on the 12th of February, 1915 with the initial deployment of the 1st/5th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.  His job was to lay telegraph lines in the trenches and he eventually became a signaller.  He was later appointed Lance Corporal.

FHilton circa 1916 edited

On the 21st of August, 1918, Lance Corporal Hilton married Hannah Whittaker at St. George’s Parish Church in Tyldesley.

Wedding FHilton HWhittaker copy

Sometime between that date and the end of the war, Frank was wounded in the left forearm by a bullet.  The tendons and ligaments to his ring and baby finger were severed, resulting in a permanent disability.  He was taken to a church for safety until he could be transported to a medical facility.  Eventually, Frank ended up in a hospital in London.

While in hospital in London, Frank made friends with two Canadian soldiers and he became enamored with the idea of emigrating to Canada.  He was finally discharged from the army on the 4th of March, 1919 and was given the Silver War Badge, number B219327.  For his war service, Frank was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

FHilton Seated edited

Frank and his wife, Hannah, emigrated to Canada, arriving in Saint John, New Brunswick on the 23rd of December, 1920.  They settled first in Hamilton where Frank worked as a labourer and then attended telegraphy school.  His work as a signaller during the war years had fostered in him an interest in telegraphy.  He secured a job in 1924 working as a telegrapher for the CN Railroad in Meaford, Ontario, before moving to Parry Sound, Ontario about 1933 as the manager of a Dominion Grocery Store.

Frank eventually enjoyed a successful career as a bookkeeper for Canadian Industries Ltd. (C.I.L.) in Nobel, Ontario and retired at the age of 70 in 1963.

He was father to one daughter, Margaret Patricia Hilton, grandfather to two girls and great grandfather to one girl before his death in Mississauga, Ontario on the 14th of August, 1982.

This article was written by Leanne Lamoureux. Thank you.

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2 Responses to 240234 LCPL. F. HILTON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Ron Richmond says:

    Gee, even 10 or 15 years on, I’m still amazed by the Internet. For some reason, I googled “Frank Hilton” and “Parry Sound” this evening and up came this story. Mr. Hilton lived two doors down from us on William Street. He always wore white coveralls when doing yard work at his home. It must be a Brit thing ? And like all those old Brits he was always well-turned out even into his 80’s. The last time I saw him was at the barber shop in Parry Sound and he was actually telling the barber the same story there about how he came to decide to move to Canada. He was also talking about a place called “Port Sunlight”. My Google search also brought up a photo of Mr. Hilton attending a Great War veterans dinner at the local Legion in 1979 They’re all gone now, just slipped away it seemed, one by one without the notice we’re paying now to the passage of Second War vets.

    • How lovely to see a familiar name and know that my grandfather has been remembered. Thank you for taking the time to post this. My mother, Margaret, was quite happy to hear of this post when I told her. She was very fond of your parents.

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