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 John Daniel Hinton

John Daniel Hinton

Birth
Colac Bay, Southland District, Southland, New Zealand
Death 28 Jun 1997 (aged 87)
Christchurch, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
Burial Bromley, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
Memorial ID 7033239 · View Source
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World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in 20th Battalion, 2nd New Zealand Division. On the night of April 28, 1941, his group was in reserve at the port of Kalamata, Greece, when ordered to evacuate. Under German attack, Sergeant Hinton fought his way down a narrow street, destroying several machine gun posts and attacking an armored propelled gun, before being severely wounded in the stomach. Attempts to evacuate Kalamata were abandoned and the remaining Allied troops, including Hinton, were captured. He spent the rest of the war in prisoner of war camps in Greece and Germany. For extreme bravery in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross in October 1941. After being liberated at the end of the war, he returned to New Zealand where he began a life as a publican, managing and owning numerous pubs in various towns.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7033239
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Daniel Hinton (17 Sep 1909–28 Jun 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7033239, citing Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Bromley, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand ; Maintained by Find A Grave .