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

This son of Ben William and Ann Margaret Hill of 80 Blackwell Road, Huthwaite, never got chance to marry or have children before his Mansfield enlistment. Walter was never forgotten however, because he was known to be the eldest of three brothers, who were also born and raised in the same family home.

Ernest Hill would no doubt have shared annual tribute to the life given by his elder brother John Walter, whilst offering remembrance to all its named parishioners as the later Huthwaite Parish Church organist. Nevertheless, and although no male prodigy survived to extend their own Hill surname amongst several other unrelated Huthwaite Hill's, memories have further proudly passed down this family line from their youngest brother named Alan.   Alan Hill was born in 1907. His 1928 marriage to Winifred Ethel Smith of 51 Barker Street, now recognises the grandparents of Mr Richard Hammerton, who extends memorial.

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 23 Jun 17 © by Gary Elliott