Cecil Henry Hill

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Worcestershire
Battalion: 10th
Rank / Service No: Private, 36980
Died: 20th September 1917, aged 19 years
Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

 

Cecil was the oldest of 4 siblings born to Frederick Henry and Ada Hill (nee Beasley), who married in Bishop’s Waltham in 1897.

 

Frederick, who worked for the Ordnance Survey, was born in Beaminster in 1870; he died in Southampton in 1918.

Ada was born in Bishop’s Waltham in 1874 and she passed away in Basingstoke in 1944.

 

At the 1911 Census, the family were living at 94 Mount Pleasant Road, Bevois Valley.

 

Siblings 

Frederick Victor   b. 1902 Southampton   d. 1975 New Forest   Married Gwendoline E. Male in Southampton in 1929.

George William   b. 1905 Southampton   d. 1962 Southampton   Married Florence A. Hammond in Southampton in 1929.

Winifred Ada May   b. 1909 Southampton   d. 1970 Southampton   Married George F. Mansbridge in Southampton in 1930.

 

 

The 10th Worcestershires were formed in September 1914 at Worcester, as part of the Second New Army (K2).

They moved to Salisbury Plain almost immediately, and became part of the 57th Brigade of the 19th (Western) Division.

 

In March 1915, the 10th moved to Tidworth and were mobilised for war on 19 July of that year.

 

Cecil enlisted in Southampton, presumably as the battalion was in preparation for departure to France.

They landed at Boulogne in the third week of July, and were engaged in various actions along the Western Front almost immediately.

 

By 1917, the regiment had move to Belgian Flanders. In the middle of the September, the battalion was based near the Ypres-Comines canal, in preparation for action at Hill 60.

 

On September 19th, the battalion was in the front line near St. Eloi and the following day at dawn the Battle of the Menin Road began.

It is probable that Cecil was one of many battalion members who were mown down by German machine-gun fire from well-set defences at Wood Farm and Hollebeke Chateau.

 

The battle ended on September 25th and it wouldn’t be long before the battalion were taking part in the Battle of Broodseinde.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th September 2016
Updated:

 

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