Frederick Hill was the son of Fred and Emma Hill of Lyde Green, Cradley. He attended Cradley C of E School and by 1914 was married to Laura. He was a pre-war regular soldier in the Worcesters serving in the 2nd Battalion in the British Expeditionary Force. The Worcesters advanced to Mons and then retreated to the Marne. They assisted in the recovery in September and fought in the Battle of the Aisne and in the Artois battles around Armentičres. In the Spring of 1915 they were in the same area when an offensive to help the hard-pressed French was ordered. The Worcesters assisted in the attack on the Aubers Ridge. The terrain was flat, the ground low-lying and the enemy well dug in. Little ground was gained and the casualties were heavy. Among the killed in action was Private Frederick Hill. He was 23 years of age and is buried in Cabaret Rouge Cemetery (XXV A 18) near Souchez and commemorated on the Blackheath, Cradley, Halesowen and Cradley School Memorials.
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