Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
2nd Lieutenant William Henry Ostler HILL
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2nd Lieutenant William Henry Ostler HILL.
2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.
The son of William and Emily Hill of Ashcombe House, York Street, Sidmouth, Devon.
Born Axmouth, Devon.
Husband of Phyllis Mabel Hill. Killed 25 September 1915. Aged 30.
Commemorated on Panel 44 & 45, LOOS MEMORIAL.
(Family information and photo kindly provided by his great nephew, David Fletcher <email@example.com>)
The following notes are from Robert Coulson's Biographies
of Officers of the Yorkshire Regiment;-
" William Hill was born in 1885 and after the outbreak of war served in the ranks of the Coldstream Guards from February of 1915.
He distinguished himself at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915 and for his “conduct in the field” was commissioned in June 1915 when he joined the 2nd Yorkshires at Givenchy.
September saw the 2nd Battalion moving into position for the Battle of Loos and at 6-30am on September 25th the battalion assaulted the German line around Hulloch.
After fierce fighting all day by 11-00pm the battalion were reorganising the line for an attack the following morning when pockets of German infantry were spotted close by in the “Quarries”.
2nd Lt Hill and a bombing section were sent forward to deal with this threat and William Hill was reported as “almost immediately hit”.
2nd Lt William Henry Ostler Hill died of his wounds shortly after on September 25th 1915 at the age of 30."
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