Huthwaite War Memorial Project

HILL J.W. 23695

John Walter Hill

John Walter Hill

Lance Sergeant 23695 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 2nd Battalion

Killed in Action Flanders 16th Sept 1916 : Aged 21

Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A

Enlisted Mansfield: Son of Ben William and Ann Margaret Hill of 80 Blackwell Road, Huthwaite. Their numbered address next homed my own grandparents, from Charles Elliott being raised next door at 78. Unfortunately, this fact does not yet uncover potential ancestral links connecting present Hill families.

Notts Free Press – 1st. December, 1916.
With respect to the recent death in action of Sergeant J.W. Hill of Huthwaite, the following letter has been received by his parents :- “ Dear Mr. Hill,-in reply to your letter regarding your son, he was killed by machine gun fire as he was leading his platoon in the attack. He was shot through the body, and died and was buried near Ginchy. He was exceedingly popular with the Company and is a great loss, for besides being a good N.C.O. he was always so cheerful and when he met his death he was most bravely leading his platoon, there being no officer in command. I very much wish I had his help in the Company now, and I deeply sympathise with you in your loss.-Yours sincerely. L.W. Hancock (Captain)”

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Written 24 Jul 06 Revised 04 Jul 12 © by Gary Elliott