|1. Memorial:||Arras Memorial||Bay 9 or 10. Faubourg d'Amiens|
|2. Book:||The Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918|
Awards & Titles:
Early Life :Born at Rotherhithe in 1877, to Kate Loiusa and the late Frederick Hill. He spent most of his childhood days living at 223a Jamaica Road, Bermondsey. He attended St. Olave's School 1898-1900. By 1911, he was working as a teacher for the London County Council.
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit :||20th Battalion London Regiment (Blackheath and Woolwich)|
|Action :||Actions in Spring 1916|
Service No. 2963, London Regiment, 20th Battalion. Killed in Action at Vimy Ridge, May 24, 1916.
Probate: HILL Sidney Ernest of 39 Clifton-road Peckham Surrey sergeant London regiment died 24 May 1916 in France Probate London 9 September to Kate Louisa Hill widow. Effects £372 2s. 3d.
Commemorated on the St Olave's School Roll of Honour.
He is listed on the LCC Record of War Service: "Hill, Sidney Ernest (1914-16); Sergeant, London Rgt.; France 10 months; Killed in action, 23rd May, 1916." The date is noted different to the other documents.
He is further listed on the University of London Student Records War List: "HILL, Sidney Ernest B.Sc. (Sir John Cass Tech. Inst.); Sergt. London Regt. (Killed in action, May 1916).
Actions in Spring 1916 covers a number of non specific actions on the Western Front in the period February to the end of June 1916. Much of this period concerned the build up to the Battle of the Somme, particularly the acclimatisation of the Service Battalions (Kitchener Volunteers) to trench routine. As the Battle of the Somme occupied the plans for 1916 no significant efforts were made in other sectors. Many of the casualties could be considered 'routine'. During the period December to June 1916 5845 British soldiers died in 'minor trench operations'.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Metropolitan No. 1507 E.C.||London|
18th January 1911
15th March 1911
18th October 1911
The masonic record shows that Sidney was initiated into Freemasonry in 1911. He was a Schoolmaster, resident at 39 Clifton Road, Peckham. He has two years w.s. [War Service] followed by "Killed in Action May 1916."
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
Researcher : Bruce Littley