|1. Memorial:||Etaples Military Cemetery||XXII. N. 2IA.|
|2. Book:||The Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918|
Awards & Titles:
Family :Henry Hamilton Hill was born on 27 October 1875 in Bridport Dorset, England. He was married to Emily Cooper in England and while in Halifax, they lived at 56 Crieghton St, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their children are:
- Doris Emily Hill born in 1905, (married Harvey Victor Smith)
- Henry Hamilton Hill born in 1907, (married Grace Muriel Crooks)
- Irene Mary Hill born in 1908 and (lived at 6177 South St, Halifax)
- Roland G. Hill born in 1909, all were born in England.
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit :||8th Siege Battery Canadian Garisson Artillery|
|Action :||The Battles of Ypres 1917 (Third Ypres, or Passchendaele)|
Service Number: 1262701
Unit: 8th Siege Battery, Canadian Garrison Artillery
Previous Service: 1st Dorset Volunteers, and Royal Navy
Buried: Etaples Military Cemetery, France
Armourer HMS Niobe (1912)?
Henry Hamilton Hill died on 2 August 1917 at the Battle of Ypres 1917 (Passchendaele) and is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. He "Died of Wounds (Gassed, Shell) at St. John's Ambulance Brigade Hospital, Etaples."
He was previously overseas with the South African Campaign and was awarded the Queen’s South African Medal. For his part in the Great War he was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
See also: The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
31 July - 10 November 1917. By the summer of 1917 the British Army was able for the first time to fight on its chosen ground on its terms. Having secured the southern ridges of Ypres at Messines in June, the main attack started on 31st July 1917 accompanied by what seemed like incessant heavy rain, which coupled with the artillery barrages conspired to turn much of the battlefield into a bog. Initial failure prompted changes in the high command and a strategy evolved to take the ring of ridges running across the Ypres salient in a series of 'bite and hold' operations, finally culminating in the capture of the most easterly ridge on which sat the infamous village of Passchendaele. The Official History carries the footnote ?The clerk power to investigate the exact losses was not available? but estimates of British casualties range from the official figure of 244,000 to almost 400,000. Within five months the Germans pushed the British back to the starting line, which was where they had been since May 1915.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Royal Standard No. 398 E.C.||Montreal & Halifax|
23rd April 1912
30th May 1912
11th June 1912
In Royal Standard Lodge he was: Initiated on 23 April 1912; Passed on 30 May 1912; and Raised on 11 Jun 1912.
The names of those brethren who fell are taken from the monument formerly located in the foyer of the Masonic Hall on Barrington Street, which now resides in the banquet room of the Masonic Hall on Coronation Avenue in Halifax, NS.
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Document : 1933 - Masonic Roll of Honour - Freemasons' Hall Vestibule - United Grand Lodge of England Researcher : Bruce Littley Researcher : Stephen Smith - Royal Standard Lodge