Hill, Edmund

Edmund Hill, Private 290765, 9th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Died 30th May 1918 in France, aged 38

 

EARLY LIFE

Edmund Hill was born in Macclesfield and baptised at Crompton Road School Room, Macclesfield on 15 August 1880, the son of Eliza and Alfred Hill, a builder of Hobson Street.

On 30 August 1908, Edmund married Hannah Watts at Christ Church, Macclesfield. At the time he lived at 6 Waterloo Street West, Macclesfield, and worked as a bricklayer.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Edmund’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 27 September 1918:

Officially reported missing as from May 30th, Pte Edmund Hill, Welsh Regt, is now presumed to have been killed, or died of wounds, on that date. His wife, who is left with one little boy, resides at 66 Vincent Street, Macclesfield. In civil life, Pte Hill, who was 38 years of age, was a bricksetter, and the son of Mr Alfred Hill. He was educated at St George’s School and as a lad sang in the church choir. In 1916 he enlisted in the Welsh Cycling Corps, and upon being transferred to France in December 1917 was posted to the Welsh Regt.

His brother, Pte Norman Hill, aged 21, was wounded in March while fighting with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in Egypt, where he had been stationed three years. He is now in hospital at Alexandria. Mrs Hill’s brother, Pte J Sellman, has been discharged from the Army on account of wounds sustained in France after serving four years. He was mobilised as a reservist, and is now employed at the Post office.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Edmund Hill is buried at the Chambrecy British Cemetery, Marne, France, in grave ref. III. A. 3. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Edmund Hill, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Edmund Hill is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials, and on St John’s Church roll of honour.

 

NOTES

Brother of Norman Hill, who served as Private 291830 with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was injured in Egypt; brother-in-law of Private J Sellman, who served with the Cheshire Regiment and was discharged from the Army after being wounded in France.

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 31 May 1918; 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)
Macclesfield Courier: 24 September 1921


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