Demobbed dentist returns to practice

Former Luton dentist Lieut Percy Reginald Hinton (pictured) was planning to reopen his practice after being invalided from the Army, said a report in The Luton News (Thursday, March 20th, 1919).

Lieut Percy Reginald HintonHe had been in practice in Upper George Street before he joined the 3rd Bedfordshire Regiment and was subsequently transferred to the Machine Gun Corps due to his mechanical aptitude with the Vickers gun.

He was recommended by his General for a commission in the Corps, and qualified after a four months course at Bisley. During subsequent service in France he was invalided home with a severe attack of enteric fever, involving a six month stay in hospital. Returning to duty, he became an adjutant in December 1918.

Percy Hinton was invalided out of the Army suffering the continued effects of his wartime illness. He was re-opening his dental practice in Cheapside, Luton.

In the November 1919 Luton Town Council elections Percy Hinton stood as a candidate in West Ward for the Comrades of the Great War. He was not elected, coming fifth in the poll.

In later life Percy Hinton moved his dental practice to Leagrave Road. He died in the Luton and Dunstable Hospital in 1951.