Hill, Edwin

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Edwin Hill

22407, Sergeant, 20th The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)
Died of illness, 16 November 1917, aged 30
Buried at Llanrhos Churchyard

CWGC registered (no family details)

Edwin Hill is not remembered on the Llandudno memorials. He is included in this listing because he was buried within the boundary of the former Llandudno Urban District.

Edwin Hill was born at Bootle on 23 September 1887. He was the son of John William Hill and his wife Tamar Hill (née Eastwood). The Census of 1891 records the family living at the home of Tamar Hill’s widowed father at Kirkdale, Lancashire; John William Hill was recorded as a paper dealer. Ten years later, the family lived on the Wirral at 4 Thorburn Road, Lower Bebington; the family included Edwin (13), John W (12), Rowland (11), Harold E (10), Sydney (8) and Emma (5); John William Hill was described as a sack merchant. By 1911, the family had moved to “Holmfield”, Huyton, Liverpool; John William Hill was described as a merchant in jute goods whilst Edwin was described as a commercial clerk though according to one biography he became a manager of works in his father’s business.

Edwin Hill enlisted into The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) on 10 November 1914 at Liverpool. His regimental number was 22407 and he served with the 20th (Service) Battalion also known as the 4th Liverpool Pals. On 20 March 1915, he married Marguerite Bowker at Llanrhos Parish Church. Promotion was rapid and Edwin was appointed acting colour quartermaster sergeant on 8 October 1915. He disembarked in France on 7 November 1915. In June 1916, he took leave in the UK. On 2 May 1917, he reverted to the rank of sergeant and his own request. On 14 May 1917 whilst the battalion was behind the lines at Rougefay, Edwin was admitted by No 2 Field Hospital and taken to 63 Casualty clearing Station Clearing Station at Boubers-Sur-Canche where he was diagnosed with PUO – pyrexia (fever) of unknown origin. By 24 May he was at No 3 General Hospital Le Tréport. With an additional diagnosis of trench fever, he was repatriated to England on HMAT Warilda and was admitted to the Western General Hospital at Manchester on 14 June 1917. On the same day that he was admitted to the hospital in Manchester, he was posted to the depot of his regiment for administrative purposes.

On 10 July 1917, Edwin Hill was transferred to Colwyn Bay Auxiliary Military Hospital – his wife’s address was then “Broom Vale”, Penhryn Bay. On 30 July 1917 he contracted typhoid fever, his temperature reaching 104°F. He died at the Colwyn Bay Isolation Hospital on 16 November 1917 aged 30.

In 1939, Marguerite Hill and her mother Annie Bowker were recorded as living in Llandudno.

Edwin Hill’s brother-in-law, Leonard Astley Bowker, also died in the First World War. He is remembered on the Penrhynside Memorial.

Known memorials:

  • Llanrhos Parish War Memorial

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