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Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire
Service No: 266958
Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 2/6th Battalion
Division: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division
Date of Death: 1917-04-09
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. J. 74.
CWGC Cemetery: VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE
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 entryView Entry in CPGW Book
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
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division
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