Joseph Leslie Hill

Jan 8, 1894

Born in Bobcaygeon, Ontario to Robert John and Mary Jane (nee Anderson) Hill


Aug 9, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 455255

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Robert J. Hill, Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Printer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


Dec 18, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Lance Corporal


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp, West of Bramshott 

On arrival he was appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Aug 27, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request in order to proceed to France with a fighting battalion 

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 150 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 12, 1916

Left the CBD and joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Albert


Sep 16, 1916

Left the entrenching battalion and joined the 21st Battalion rear details near Albert while the battalion was involved in very heavy fighting at the sugar refinery near Courcelette. 

He would have joined the main part of the battalion the following day in the Brickfields Camp near Albert


Sep 30, 1916

Overnight of September 29/30, the battalion came under a heavy bombardment by enemy shells.  Private Hill received severe shrapnel wounds to his chest and was first evacuated to the nearby field ambulance for first aid prior to being transferred to the No. 9 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment where he died of his wounds.  He was buried in the Contay British Cemetery, west of Albert, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Mary Hill, Bobcaygeon, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Robert J. Hill, at the same address


Private Hill is honoured on the plaque in the Bobcaygeon, Ontario War Memoiral

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