William Albert Hill

May 19, 1882

Born in Bobcaygeon, Ontario to William and Susannah (nee McCracken) Hill 

Note that his birth registration shows his name as William Hamilton Hill


Apr 25, 1905

Married to Rose Dora Levina Lyons in Kinmount, Ontario


Jan 3, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion CEF in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 725555

Ø      Next of kin given as Rose Dora Levina Hill, wife, Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company 


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 31, 1916

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


Aug 16. 1916

The battalion moved to Bramshott to continue training


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 94 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

After leaving the CBD he joined the 21st Battalion in Divisional Reserve in the town of Bully Grenay, France


Dec 3, 1916

In the days leading up to December 3, the battalion was in the front lines near Calonne, France and came under fire on several of those days.  It is not recorded in the file, but Private Hill was wounded in the right arm during this time and after receiving treatment near the front, was transferred to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne for treatment.


Dec 7, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Andrew

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Lakenham Hospital in Norwich 

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Feb 10, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom to continue his recovery


Feb 28, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at St. Leonard’s for therapy in order to continue his recovery


Mar 10, 1917

On the reorganization of the holding units in England, Private Hill was transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 12, 1917

Discharged from St. Leonard’s and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


May 17, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 18, 1917

Arrived at the CBD in France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Jun 4, 1917

After leaving the CBD he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin


Jun 12, 1917

Left the entrenching battalion and rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Coupigny carrying out training exercises


Nov 3, 1917

During the night of November 2-3, the 21st Battalion moved into the Passchendaele front lines and immediately came under attack from the Germans.  The following night, November 3-4 there were additional barrages from the enemy.  It was during this second night in the line that Private Hill was killed.  He was buried in a nearby field, but when the war ended his body could not be located for burial in a proper cemetery.  As a result he is commemorated on the walls of the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium for those allied soldiers killed in Belgium with no known Grave.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. R.A.L. Hill, Bobcaygeon, Ontario 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Susan Hill, at the same address


Private Hill is honoured on a plaque in the Bobcaygeon, Ontario War Memorial
Note the given names are reversed on the memorial


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