The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lance Corporal E A Hills


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Lance Corporal Ernest Albert HILLS, G/6240, 3rd Battalion,  Queens Own 6 Priory Road, Davington, Faversham, Kent , died at 6 Davington Row Faversham, Kent, of Addison's Disease, Sunday morning, 26th March 1916, age 39.

Born Faversham, Kent, son of Benjamin & Elizabeth Hills, of 6 Priory Road, Davington, Faversham, Kent / 6 Davington Row Faversham, Kent.


1901 Census - 14 Priory Street, North Preston Without, Faversham, Kent - Benjamin Hills, head, age 58, married, general labourer, born Upnor, Kent; Elizabeth Hills, wife, age 55, married, born Strood, Kent; Ernest Hills, son, age 23, single, temporary? brickman? in Field?, born Faversham, Kent; Arthur Hills, son, age 18, single, temporary? brickman? in Field?, born Faversham, Kent; Daisy Hills, daughter, age 20, single, born Faversham, Kent; Lily Hills, daughter, age 13, born Faversham, Kent; Ethel Hills, daughter, age 11, born Faversham, Kent.

1911 Census - 80 Ormiston Road, Greenwich, SE - William Arthur Hills, head, age 28, married, gas stoker, L M Gas Company, worker, born Faversham, Kent; Alice Maud Hills, wife, age 24, married 2 years, 1 child, still alive, born Faversham, Kent; Ernest Albert Hills, brother, age 33, single, gas stoker, L M Gas Company, worker, born Faversham, Kent.

1911 Census - 6 Priory Road, priory Row, Davington, Faversham, Kent - Elizabeth Hills, head, age 63, widowed, washing & charing, worker, born Strood, Kent; Ethel Hills, daughter, age 21, single, born Faversham, Kent.


Enlisted  Deptford, SE, age 37 years & 150 days, height 5ft 9¾ inches, 138lbs, scar right abdomen.  Resided 11 Bainton Road, Charlton, SE. Formerly gas stoker.

Home 20th April 1915 to 26th March 1916.

20th April 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th April 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 10th October 1915, appointed paid Lance Corporal.

8th March to 22nd March 1916, Fort Pitt Military Hospital, Chatham, Addison's Disease; 20th March 1916,  has for some months been losing weight and getting very weak and has noticed his skin becoming darker and many dark spots appearing. He is quite unfit for the duties of a soldier. Suffers from periodic attacks of vomiting and diahorea. His skin is very bronzed over various parts of his body. He has lost 2 and a half stones in weight in a few months. His heart sounds are very feeble and blood pressure very poor. Will get steadily worse. Recommend discharge as permanently unfit; 22nd March 1916, Medical Board recommend discharge as permanently unfit.

14th June 1916, Probate - Ernest Albert Hills, 6 Priory Road, Davington, near Faversham, Kent. Private  6 Priory Road, Davington, Faversham, Kent, died 26th March 1916. Administration Canterbury 14th June to Elizabeth Hills, widow. Effects £31 1s 5d.

Buried Thursday 30th March 1916, at Faversham Borough Cemetery, L552, Kent.


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