Hilton Ward Ennis MID

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Hilton Ward Ennis MID
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 30 May 1887
Place of Birth Bathurst, New South Wales
Death 26 Oct 1946, aged 59
Place of Death Daglish, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 27 years, 11 months
Description 5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 175lbs
79.379 kg
Occupation Quantity Surveyor
Religion Church of England
Address Albany road, Gosnells, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Lucy Alice Ennis
Military Information
Reg Number [1]
Date of Enlistment 18 Mar 1915
Rank Captain
Unit/Formation Australian Army Service Corps - 16th Company
Date of Embarkation 22 May 1915 ‒ 23 Jun 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A19 Afric
Date of Return 4 Jan 1919 ‒ 12 Feb 1919
Ship Returned On HMT Morvada
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Gosnells Ward Honour Roll
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mentioned in Despatches

Pre War

Electoral Roll entry: 1910 at 49 Wright street, Perth, carpenter. 1911 Post Office Directory entry has him as a clerk living in Albany road, Gosnells.

During April 1915 Hilton married Lucy Alice Warren (1886 - 1963) in Perth. Son Rex Warren (1918 - 1966)

War Service

Commissioned on 16 Mar 1914 as a 2nd Lieutenant, and mobilised for duty on 2 Sep 1914. Provisionally promoted Lieutenant on 1 Jul 1915. Hilton was promoted to Captain of the 16th Company, Australian Army Service Corps (A.A.S.C.) on 26 April 1916.

On 20 Mar 1916 he proceeded to join the B.E.F. in France from Alexandria. On 17 Apr 1917 he sought treatment for scabies from the 7th Australian Field Ambulance, rejoining his unit the same day.

Hilton enjoyed leave quite a few times. In 1916, he had leave to England from 17 October to 1 November. The following year he had leave from 8 February to 1 March in England, from 5 to 11 June in Paris, from 31 July to 12 August in England, and from 4 November to 12 December in England. In 1918, he did not have leave until 4 to 22 August. His return to Australia was classified as on duty with the Army Pay Office. Appointment terminated on 6 Apr 1919.

Son Rex Warren (1918 - 1966). Rex was born in Southampton, Hampshire on 3 Dec 1918 prior to Hilton's return to Australia.

Also served during WW2 aged 55 with Reg No. W232646. Hilton enlisted on 26 Jul 1942 and was discharged on 3 Aug 1943 having served as a Captain with AASC 13 Mixed Brigade, and granted rank of Major when placed on Retired List.

Award Comment

Exceptionally good services and consistent devotion to duty, while in command of the 16th Coy, A.A.S.C. from 26th February to 20th September 1917.

MID Awarded and Gazetted, 'London Gazette', second supplement No30448 dated 28 Dec 1917; Commonwealth Gazette No 57 dated 18 Apr 1918. Australian War Memorial

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1921 Clifton street, Bunbury, accountant; 1925 - 1926 Sanford street Geraldton, business proprietor; 1931 at Levy terrace, Daglish, contractor; 1937 - 1943 at 16 Troy terrace Wembley Park, no occupation;


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