Harold Randolph Hill

Memorial: Downend

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Medals: British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Sapper 902

Parents: Caroline and Albert Hill (both teachers)

Marital status: Single

Home address: Florence Villa, 25 North Street, Downend, Bristol

Date of birth: 1896

Place of birth: Hambrook, Bristol

Date of death: 18/08/1916

Buried/Commemorated at: Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension, Aveluy, France

Age: 20

Further information:

Harold was born at 35 Sunnyside, Hambrook, Bristol. The family later moved 6 Clarence Road, Bristol. Harold attended Whiteshill School, Hambrook. Harold had three brothers and two sisters; Arthur, Bert, Fred, Winifred and Amy.

Harold enlisted with the 1st/2nd (South Midland) Field Company, Royal Engineers and was killed in action on 18 August 1916. Harold had sent home a postcard just before his death describing the night time bombardments, likening it to a huge fireworks display, the sky vivid with light. He is buried at Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension, Aveluy, France.

Commemorated on the Downend (Scout) Memorial, Christ Church Downend Memorial and the Staple Hill (Page Park) Memorial.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

Frenchay Museum Archives
Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council
Forces War Records