|Date of Birth||October 27, 1886|
|Place of Birth||Bronte, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||June Hinton, mother, 172 Wilton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||labourer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Place of Enlistment||Toronto, Ontario|
|Address at Enlistment||172 Wilton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||March 30, 1916|
|Age at Enlistment||29|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||April 9, 1957|
|Age at Death||70|
|Buried At||Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario|
Charles Kenneth Hinton was born on 27 October 1886 in Bronte, Ontario, a community located on the western end of Lake Ontario between Hamilton and Toronto. His father was Adam Hinton, a sailor born in the area to a father who was a mariner. His mother was Elizabeth Jane Camp, also born in Bronte. Children born to Adam and Jane were Maud Susan (1878-1909), William Edward (1880-1936), Eva (1882), John Lewis (1884-1923), Charles, Mary Mabel (1888), Murray Raymond (1891-1892), Ivey Lafern (1893-1913), Herman St Claire (1895), Garnetta Beatrice (Nettie) (1897), and Vera Catherine (1901-1967). By the 1901 Canada census the family had moved to Toronto and although only 14 Charles was listed as working in a box factory. For the 1911 census, living at home with his parents and some of his siblings, his occupation was given as metal worker.
With the occupation of labourer Charles signed his attestation papers in Toronto on 30 March 1916, giving his mother as next of kin. As a Private with the 84th Battalion he embarked from Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the Empress of Britain on the 18th of June.
Once in England Charles was transferred to the 75th Battalion. By mid August he was in France and was appointed Lance Corporal in November. In February of 1917 Charles attended a month long Non Commissioned Officers course at Lieres, rejoining the unit in early March. Suffering a gunshot wound to the face/cheek on 10 April 1917, the second day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Charles was admitted to No 13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne. The next day he was invalided to the Horton County of London War Hospital, Epsom and by the end of June was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital Woodcote Park. In July Charles joined the 12th Reserve Battalion at Witley, and was appointed Corporal in June of 1918. In December the process was started for his return to Canada, arriving in St John, New Brunswick aboard the Grampian on the 24th.
Charles eventually moved to Kenora, Ontario where he found work as a labourer with the Department of Highways. Predeceased by his father Adam in 1921 and his mother Jane in 1929, both in Toronto, Charles died in the Kenora General Hospital on 9 April 1957. At the time of his death he was survived by his brother Herman and four sisters, Eva Hinton in Toronto who was listed as next of kin on his Veteran Death card, Mabel Landry, Nettie, and Vera. Charles is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.
Charles’ brother Herman signed his recruitment papers in Toronto on 3 January 1918, having completed his medical examination the previous October with a classification of A2. Details of his service are not known.
by Judy Stockham