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 in August 1914. The Worcesters advanced to Mons and then retreated to the Marne. They fought in the great recovery in September and success continued in the Battles of the Aisne and Armentieres. In the Spring of 1915 they were in the same area when a major 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. As a result 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 C of E School Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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