16054 Lance Corporal Robert Henry Hill

9th(Service) Battalion

Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916

Born in Heywood Lancashire in 1894.He was baptised on 13/10/1895.

His parents were Adam Hill(1866-1939) and Jane Baron

(born in 1866). They were married on 16/03/1889.

He had 1 brother,James William(born on 07/06/1891) and

5 sisters;Margaret(born on 03/04/1889),Alice(born on 03/12/1892),Beatrice(born on 22/10/1897),Betsey(born on 21/12/1899) and Clara Jane(born in 1907).

In the 1901 census the family were recorded as living at 32 Woodfield Cottage,Heywood,Lancashire. Roberts father was employed as a mill fireman.

In the 1911 census the family had moved and were now living at 36 Rochdale Lane,Heywood,Lancashire. Robert was employed as a cotton piecer in a woolen mill and his father was the night watchman at most probably the same woolen mill.

Robert enlisted in Rochdale and his date of disembarkation into France was on 09/12/1915.

He was killed in action on 01/07//1916.

At the time of his death the family address was 6 Corry Street,Heywood,Lancashire.

He was awarded 3 medals,the 1914-1915 Star,The British War medal 1914-1918 and the Allied Victory Medal.

 

Heywood AdvertiserFriday 28 July 1916

Hill-On July 1st, killed in action Lance Corporal Robert Henry Hill, son of Adam Hill 6 Corry Street aged 20 years.

 

The midnight stars are shining

 On a grave we cannot see,

Where sleeping without dreaming

Lies the one so dear to us.

His warfare o’er, his battle fought,

His victory won, though dearly bought;

His fresh young life could not be saved.

He slumbers now in a soldiers grave.

 

From his Sorrowing Father, Mother, Sisters and Brother and Albert and May.

  

Heywood AdvertiserFriday 28 July 1916

 

Mr Adam Hill of 6 Corry Street, Heywood on Friday received the official intimation that his son Lance-Corporal Robert Henry Hill of the Devon Regiment was killed in action on July 1st. Before joining the Army in April 1915, Lance-Corporal Hill, who was 20 years old was a big piecer at the Mutual Mill. He went out to France on December 6th. A member of the Church of England, he was associated with All Souls’ Church and school and his name is on the roll of honour. Formerly he was a member of the choir and for about five years he had been connected with the Church Lads’ Brigade. Mr. and Mrs. Hill have also received a letter from the Rev. E.C. Crosse, chaplain of the battalion, similar in terms to the one received by Mrs. Ogden.

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