Joe Hill was my grandfather. I am trying to find out more about his experience in World War I and also possibly his records as a special constable. I would love to hear from anyone who could help me, email@example.com
JOSEPH HENRY HILL
Born: 17 April 1885 in
Father: Henry Hill
Mother: Bessie Wild
Buried: 8/9/1942 Walberton church.(see Note 1)
Married: August 1914 Walberton Church
Spouse: Nellie Jane Blunden
Born: 6/12/1885 Walberton
Father: William Blunden
Mother: Ellen Downer
1889: 11/11/1889 enrolled Harting school left 7/8/1891
1895: 10/7/1895 enrolled Eastergate school, living Westergate. 15/10/1895 ‘the two elder Hills are in Standard III but the boy is very backward in all subjects. Rosa cannot do division’ (school log).
1896: 10/1/96 Eastergate school log: The Hills are leaving the parish tomorrow. 20/1/1896 admitted Yapton school from Eastergate standard II. Residing Bisham, father a woodman
1901 census: Living in Bisham, Yapton. He was working as a threshing machine attendant, probably with stepfather and for Sparks
1914: 27/8/1914 Marriage at St Mary’s Church, Slindon. Joseph H Hill on certificate described as aged 29 bricklayer of Slindon son of Henry Hill gamekeeper and Nellie Jane Blunden 28 spinster Slindon daughter of William Blunden wood merchant. Witnessed by Ada Rose Downer and Charlie Blunden
1915/1916: Joined the Queens Royal West Sussex Regiment (Pte 43642)
1916/1917: Transferred to Queens Royal West Sussex 9th Infantry labour Company (Pte 69818)
1917: April, ILO became 117th Labour Company.
1918: Absent voters list Burnham Cottage 69818 Pte 117th Labour Company 4th sector France
1942: 9/4/1942 died at Royal West Sussex Hospital Chichester. Walberton.
Obituary ‘Joseph (“Joe”) H Hill died at the Royal West Hospital at the age of 57. He was born at South Harting, his father Mr Harry Hill, then being head deer and gamekeeper at Up Park. On the death of her husband Mrs. Hill came to live at Walberton and Joe attended the village school. He chose bricklaying as his trade and many buildings in the locality are worthy memorials of his industry. Early in the Great War he enlisted in the Queen’s Own Regiment and he was afterwards transferred to the Labour Corps. In 1926 he became a special constable and this service continued until the end of his life. Wreaths were sent by the local branch of the British Legion; the Superintendent and members of the Arundel Division West Sussex Constabulary; his fellow special constables; and the Holly Tree slate club. Mr Hill leaves a widow, a son (serving in the Army) and three daughters. The Rev. R.H. Lunn officiated at the service.’