Family History

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,



Born:                 17 April 1885 in South Harting 

Father:               Henry Hill

Mother:              Bessie Wild

Died:                 4/9/1942 Royal West Sussex Hospital Chichester.

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

Died:                  2/1973


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.  Cause of death carcinoma of the bladder. Registered 9/9/1942 by N. J. Hill widow, 3 The Terrace Walberton. Occupation bricklayer.


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.’