Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
4 Oct 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Gunner George Hill, 111632, signaller and telephonist with the 253rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, was killed in action during the Third Battle of Ypres on October 4th, 1917. A shell which exploded near him killed him instantly.
Letters from the Front included one from Major Gray, who wrote to widow Olive at 17 King's Road, Luton, to express his sympathy, with the added comment: "He was a telephonist, and only the best men volunteer to be telephonists."
George Hill was a former licensee of the Britannia Inn, Burr Street, Luton. By the time he joined up in July 1916 he was working for mineral water manufacturer Mr A. J. Plummer, of Napier Road.
He had married Olive Burdon at St Paul's Church, Luton, on March 16th, 1912, and they had a daughter, Doris May, born on April 25th, 1913.
According to George's military record he was buried in an isolated grave marked by a cross on Bellewaarde Ridge. The location of the grave was subsequently lost, and George is commemorated at Burr Cross Road Cemetery in Belgium.