Mauser C96 Pistol - Broomhandle Mauser
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Hilton joined the Australian Army in May 1940, and was sent to Singapore. Apparently unimpressed with the security of Singapore, Hilton sent a letter home requesting that his mother take his pistol, dismantle it, bake the pieces into a cake and send it to him. To avoid the notice of the military censors who read all mail, he phrased the request in ways that would be meaningless to anyone outside the family.
Singapore surrendered to the Japanese on February 15th 1942. The mail with Hilton's cake had not arrived at Singapore when it fell, and after many months the package was returned to his family unopened. Hilton served as a P.O.W., labouring on the Burma Railway before being moved to Japan to work in a coal mine. There, along with several other prisoners, he was forced to stand at attention outdoors for 24 hours in the middle of winter because someone in the slave barracks had been smoking without permission. He caught pneumonia and died on 26th February 1943, two weeks after his 26th birthday.