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Regimental number6277
Place of birthLambton, Newcastle, New South Wales
SchoolState School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBundaberg, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 5.25"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A.M. Hopton, Broadmeadow, Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 April 1916
Place of enlistmentBundaberg, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 7 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingHamel, France
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialCrucifix Corner Cemetery (Plot X, Row B, Grave No. 6), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Annie HOPTON, 13 Morgan Street, Merewther, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousin: Dolphie Adams was killed in action. Brother in law: Cecil Hincks, killed in action.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 7 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 2 November 1916.

Marched into 4th Training Bn, Rollestone, 16 November 1916.

Found guilty, 13 December 1916, of overstaying leave from midnight, 11 December 1916, until 1730 hours, 12 December 1916: awarded 24 hours' detention, and total forfeiture of 2 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 December 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 22 December 1916.

Admitted to No 51 General Hospital, Etaples, 23 December 1916 (gonorrhoea); discharged, 4 April 1917, and marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot the same day.

Taken on strength of 15th Bn, 13 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 1 July 1917; admitted to No 13 Australian Field Ambulance, 1 July 1917 (shrapnel wound, right leg); transferred to No 11 Casualty Clearing Station, 1 July 1917; to No 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 1 July 1917; to England, 3 July 1917; to Manor Court Hospital, Folkestone, 3 July 1917 (bomb wounds, both legs); to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 13 July 1917; discharged, 16 July 1917, and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, the same day.

Marched into No 4 Command Depot, 7 September 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Perham Downs, 12 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 15 October 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 18 October 1917; rejoined 15th Bn, 23 October 1917.

Killed in action, 4 July 1917.

Buried, 6 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOPTON Henry

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