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Harold HILLARY

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Surname: HILLARY

Forename(s): Harold

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 266958

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2/6th Battalion

Division: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Age: 27

Date of Death: 1917-04-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. J. 74.

CWGC Cemetery: VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Harold Hillary was the son of William Downham and Elizabeth Hillary, née Billows and brother of Private Horace Hillary (11304) (q.v.). Their father was born at Kettlewell and mother at Skipton, Yorkshire. Harold and Horace were cousins of Private John Hillary (2472) (q.v.) and Private Frank Crossland Billows (15543) (q.v.).

1891 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 5, Prospect Place - Harold Hillary, aged 1 years, born Skipton, son of William and Elizabeth Hillary.

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 1, Prospect Place - Harold Hillary, aged 11 years, born Skipton, son of William Downham and Elizabeth Hillary.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 1, Prospect Place - Harold Hillary, aged 21 years, born Skipton, son of William Downham and Elizabeth Hillary.

The British Army Service Record for Harold Hillary exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Harold Hillary, 266958, W. Rid. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Harold Hillary, 266958, 2/6 W., Rid. R. Died 9.4.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: L/Cpl Harold Hillary, 266958, 2/6th W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 9.4.17. No 47 C.C.S.To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and Sole Legatee - Elizabeth. £12 13s. 8d.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

HILLARY, L-Cpl. H., aged 27, West Riding Regiment, 1, Prospect Place, [Skipton], died in France from pneumonia, 1917.

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L/Corporal Harold HILLARY

L/Corporal Harold HILLARY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

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Surname: HILLARY

Forename(s): Harold

Born:

Residence:

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 266958

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 09/04/17

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HILLARY

Forename(s): Harold

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 266958

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 2nd/6th Bn.

Age: 27

Awards:

Died Date: 09/04/1917

Additional Information: Son of William Downham and Elizabeth Hillary, of Skipton, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN)

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20 April 1917

HILLARY – April 9th 1917, from pneumonia, contracted while fighting in France, Lance-Corporal Harold Hillary, of the West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs W.D. Hillary, Prospect Place, Skipton, aged 27 years.

20 April 1917

SKIPTON FAMILY’S SECOND BEREAVEMENT – LANCE-CORPORAL HAROLD HILLARY DIES IN FRANCE

We regret to record the death from pneumonia in a casualty clearing station at the Front of Lance-Corporal Harold Hillary, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Hillary, of Prospect Place, Skipton. The sad news was received by telegram on Saturday from the Territorial Records Office, York, briefly stating that death had taken place from pneumonia on April 9th, in No. 47 Casualty Clearing Station, France. Later the following letter, giving more details, was received from a Sister at the hospital:– “It is with much regret that I write to inform you of the death of your son, Lce.-Cpl. H. Hillary, of the West Riding Regt. in this hospital on the 9th inst. He was brought in suffering from pneumonia, and was so ill that he never rallied, and he passed away within three hours after he was admitted. I need not say that everything possible was done for him during the short time he was under our care, and it was our regret that we were unable to do more than just to make his last hours as peaceful as possible. He did not leave any message nor speak to anyone before he died, and I don’t think he ever realised how ill he was.”

The Rev. Archibald Longridge, Chaplain, has also written to the parents as follows:– “He was brought into this hospital in the last stage of pneumonia and died before he could be got to bed. I buried him this morning in the soldiers’ cemetery at -----, I pray that you may find consolation in this, your great loss, in Him above who can give it fully.”

Lce.-Cpl. Hillary was 27 years of age and, prior to enlisting about 18 months ago, was assistant groundsman at the Keighley Golf Links – a position he had previously filled on the Skipton Golf course. He had been in France about four months. This is Mr. and Mrs. Hillary’s second bereavement through the War, their youngest son, Pte. Horace Hillary, having died from wounds in a Manchester hospital in July of last year.

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20 April 1917

HILLARY – Died in hospital in France from pneumonia, Lance-Corpl. H. Hillary, of the West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Hillary, of 1, Prospect Place, Skipton, aged 27.

20 April 1917

SKIPTON SOLDIER DIES FROM PNEUMONIA

Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Hillary, of 1, Prospect Place, Skipton, received a telegram from the Territorial Records Office, York, stating that their son, Lance-Corporal H. Hillary, had died on April 9th in the 47th Casualty Clearing Station, France, from pneumonia.

A letter from a sister-in-charge at the hospital states:– “It is with much regret that I write to inform you of the death of your son, Lance-Corporal H. Hillary, of the West Riding Regiment, in this hospital on the 9th inst. from pneumonia. He was so ill that he never rallied, but passed away within three hours after he was admitted. I need not say that everything possible was done for him during the short time he was under our care, and it was our great regret that we were not able to do more than just to make his last hours as peaceful as possible. He did not leave any message nor speak of anyone at home before he died, and I don’t think he ever realised how ill he was. With sincere sympathy.”

Archibald Longridge, an army chaplain, writes:– “Your son was brought into this hospital in the last stage of pneumonia and died before he could be got to bed. I buried him this morning in the soldiers’ cemetery at -----, I pray that you may find consolation in this, your great loss, in His alone who can give it fully.”

Lance-Corporal Hillary was 27 years of age and was formerly employed as groundsman at the Keighley Golf Links. He enlisted eighteen months ago, and had been in France about four months.

Mr. and Mrs. Hillary had another son, Pte. Horace Hillary, of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, who died in July last year from severe wounds in the right side and leg at the 22nd Western Hospital, Leaf Square, Pendleton, Manchester. Pte. Hillarv, who was 20 years of age, enlisted soon after the outbreak of war. He took part in the historic landing at Suvla Bay, where he was wounded in the foot and invalided home. He was formerly employed by Mr. Fred Anderton, mineral water manufacturer, of Skipton.

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