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Private W Hills


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Private William HILLS, G/4, 6th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death resumed on or after, 2nd June 1916, age 29.  

Born Maidstone, Kent, son of Henry & Alice Hills, of 53, Lower Boxley Road, Maidstone, Kent.


1911 Census - 53, Boxley Road, Maidstone, Kent - Henry Hills, head, age 63, married, road sweeper, Maidstone Corporation, worker, born Maidstone, Kent; Alice Hills, wife, age 59, married 42 years, 12 children, 9 still alive, born Trotterscliffe, Kent; Henry Richard Hills, son, age 31, single, general labourer, worker, born Maidstone, Kent; George Hills, son, age 24, single, goods checker, Railway Company SER, worker, born Maidstone, Kent; William Hills, son, age 23, single, general labourer, worker, born Maidstone, Kent; Edith Hills, daughter, age 18, single, box maker card, Eiffel Tower Printing Department, worker, born Maidstone, Kent; Albert Arthur Hills. son, age 13, school, born Maidstone, Kent; John Hughes, grandson, age 15, under gardener, domestic, worker, born Maidstone, Kent; George William Earl, son in law, age 30, widower, married 4 years, 2 children, 1 still alive, Carman, SER Co., worker, born Maidstone, Kent; Olive Florence Earl, daughter, age 6, school, born Maidstone, Kent.


Enlisted Maidstone, Kent, age 25 years & 360 days, height 5ft 10 inches, weight 126lbs. Formerly labourer.

8th August 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 10th August 1914, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment;

28th October 1914, Plumstead Police Station - William Hill, age 27, height 5ft 11 inches, fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, scar on inside of left knee, absent without leave from 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, from 24th October 1914, Purfleet, surrendered himself;

16th April 1915, Aldershot, overstaying his pass; 24th May 1915, Aldershot, absent off 9.00am Parade, until 10.10pm?, 5 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 1 days pay; 1st June 1915, posted BEF; 5th October 1915, wounded; 8th October 1915, 6 Casualty Clearing Station, contusion face; 9th October 1915, 5 A.F.; 10th October 1915, rejoined Unit; 31st December 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th January 1916, posted Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham by Sea, Sussex; 23rd March 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 24th March 1916, deserted; 18th April 1916, rejoined from desertion, awarded 28 days Field Punishment No.2. by Commanding Officer for absence, forfeits 26 days pay; 26th April 1916, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd June 1916, posted missing.

26th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, deceased; Mother, Alice Hills, 53, Lower Boxley Road, Maidstone; Brothers - Henry Hills, age 40, address unreadable; Frederick Hills, age 37, 23 Rothschild? Street, Maidstone; George Hills, age 33?, 53, Lower Boxley Road, Maidstone; Sisters - Elizabeth Pawley?, age 47, address unreadable; Rose Barton, age 35, 53, Lower Boxley Road, Maidstone; Lily? Pritchard?, age 29, 53, Lower Boxley Road, Maidstone; Edith Teffuld?, age 27, 8 Banock? Lane, Maidstone.

Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Panel 95 to 97., France.


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