PETER HOOTON

Peter Hooton was fatally injured  on 3rd November 1944 during the Second World War when aged just 19 years. He was serving in the army in the Netherlands with the First Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. See details on Peter on this website using the following link:  WW2 Names on the the Olney War Memorial

Paul Wilson, a great nephew of Peter Hooton, has kindly provided the following army records to enhance Peter Hooton’s entry on the above link. This information is also of general interest because it demonstrates the considerable quantity of detailed information now available online.

In short, Peter joined the Territorial Army aged 17, then joined the First Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry (1 Bn OBLI) on 06/10/1943 for Home Service. He was then sent to join X11 Division in the NWE theatre on 19/08/1944. It appears that he was wounded shortly after joining this Division, as he is recorded as receiving a gunshot wound to his right lower back. The records then show him back in the 1 Bn OBLI on 23/09/1944 until he was killed a few months later aged just 19.

Relevant history of the 1 Bn OBLI at that time:
The Battalion took part in the ground operation in support of the airborne corridor to Arnhem. The 1st Ox & Bucks led the advance of 71st Infantry Brigade to the Wilhelmina canal where they encountered heavy enemy resistance. The ground operation was intended to cross through three bridges taken by airborne troops and into Germany, that would end at the furthest captured bridge at Arnhem – taken by 1st Airborne – though the operation ended in failure by 25 September.
The 1st Ox & Bucks subsequently took part in operations around the Lower Maas that took place during October and November including forcing the enemy from its position holding a bridgehead over the River Maas, west of Roermond.

It is believed that  two of Peter’s brothers, John and Arthur, served in the Desert in Tanks in WW2. The fourth Brother Don Hooton lost an arm from an aircraft propeller, but how this came about or where he was serving is unknown.

An enlarged view of the following additional records can be obtained by clicking an image.

Peter’s Army Records supplied by Paul Wilson (15 off):

Peter Hooton - Attestation ph

1. Attestation for Peter Hooton
(Service No. 14426891)
– dated 26 March 1943

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Peter Hooton - Enlistment Form (1) ph

2. Enlistment Form (1 of 3)
– dated 26 March 1943

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Peter Hooton - Enlistment Form (2) ph

3. Enlistment Form (2 of 3)
– dated 26 March 1943

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Peter Hooton - Enlistment (3) ph

4. Enlistment Form (3 of 3)
– dated 26 March 1943

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Peter Hooton - Form B200B (1) ph

5. Statement of Services
– Form B200B (1 of 3)

– dated 11 November 1944

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Peter Hooton - Form B200B (2) ph

6. Statement of Services
– Form B200B (2 of 3)
– dated 11 November 1944

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Peter Hooton - Statement Of Service ph

7. Statement of Services
– Form B200B (3 of 3)
– dated 11 November 1944

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Peter Hooton - Registration Card ph

8. Registration Card
updated to include Peter’s death

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Peter Hooton - Postings ph

9. Postings
– updated to 23 September 1944

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Peter Hooton - Casualty Card ph

10. Casualty Card

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Peter Hooton - Inventory Of Effects ph

11. Inventory of Effects

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Peter Hooton - Personal Effects Certificate ph

12. Personal Effects Certificate
– dated 14 November 1944

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Peter Hooton - Effects Form 118A ph

13. Effects Form 118A
dated 7 march 1945

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Peter Hooton - Form B104 ph

14. Form B104-126 (1 of 2)
List to Mrs Underwood (Sister)

– dated 22 March 1945

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Peter Hooton - Form B104-126 ph

15. Form B104-126 (2 of 2)
– Receipt signed by Mrs Underwood
dated 27 March 1945

 

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