Frank Hill (c.1892-1917)

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Frank Hill

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

HILL, FRANK. Private. No 6657. 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Elder son of the late Mr and Mrs James Henry Hill, 62 Woodhead Road, Holmfirth. (Brother of Ethel Hill, of the same address). Employed as a teaser by Messrs Whiteley and Green, Hinchliffe Mill Mill. Played the double bass with the Holme Brass Band. Attended the St. John's Institute. Enlisted 5.10.1914. Embarked for France in April, 1915. In July, 1915, he returned to England suffering from a hernia and returned to the front in August, 1915. In 1916 he was boiling water in a bully beef tin when it exploded in his face. Septic poisoning set in and again he was invalided home, returning to France in December, 1916. Was seriously wounded in the head and chest on 15.3.1917. He was taken to No 7 Casualty Clearing Station at Merville but he died of his wounds on 15.3.1917, aged 24 years. Buried MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row B, Grave 21.
His sister, Miss Ethel Hill, received the following letter from the Sister-in-charge at the C.C.S, dated 15.3.1917, 'I am very sorry to say that your dear brother died yesterday. He passed away most peacefully suffering no pain at all. He received every possible care and attention here and the best of surgical skill but God had need of him. I cannot tell you how sorry I feel for you but you will find solace in the thought that your dear brother is now safe and free from all earthly cares and sorrows of the world. For him we need not grieve but it is for those left to mourn. We must pray for resignation until they are reunited in God's good care. He was visited frequently by the Padre. Accept my heartfelt sympathy.'
ROH:- Upperthong War Memorial; Huddersfield Drill Hall.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission