Main CPGW Record
Place of Birth: Embsay, Yorkshire
Service No: 2472
Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion
Division: 49th (West Riding) Division
Date of Death: 1915-12-21
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: III. A. 29.
CWGC Cemetery: LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE
John Hillary was the son of Christopher and Sarah Hillary, née Laycock. Christopher was born at Buckden and Sarah at Leeds, Yorkshire. John was the cousin of L/Corporal Harold Hillary (266958) (q.v.) and Private Horace Hillary (11304) (q.v.).
1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 26, Sackville Street - John Hillary, aged 7 years, born Embsay, Yorkshire, grandson of Thomas and Ellen Hillary.
1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 26, Sackville Street - John Hillary, aged 17 years, born Embsay, Yorkshire, grandson of Ellen Hillary, widow.
The British Army Service Record for John Hillary exists but may be incomplete.
John is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte J. Hillary.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Hillary, 2472, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. D. of W. 21.12.15.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Hillary, 6/2472, 1/6 W. Rid. R. D. of W. 21.12.15.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Hillary, 2472, 1/6 W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 21.12.15. Staty Hospital St Omer. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Christopher. £10 2s. 1d.
See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).
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, John, 6th Duke of Wellington’s, formerly in Skipton Co-operative Society’s grocery stores, nephew of Mrs. Smith, Brougham Road Post Office, [Skipton], died from gas poisoning Dec. 21, 1915.
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Private John HILLARY
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division
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