Regiment or Ship: Royal Sussex Regiment; Labour Corps; Royal Engineers
Service Number(s): C3841; G/16430; 387373; 363404
Occupation: Picture Frame Maker
Date of Birth: 1889
Place of Birth: Ramsgate, Kent
Date of Death: 1965
Place of Death: Thanet, KentAddress: 87 Windsor Road, Bexhill
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Parents: Edwin Arthur Hills, b. 1862 in Pagbourne, Kent, d. 1937) and Phoebe Hills, nee Fletcher, b. 1965 in Bushby, Kent. Edwin and Phoebe lived in the St. Lawrence area of Ramsgate.
In 1911 Edwin junior was living as a boarder at 30 Windsor Road.
First World War Experience
Edwin enlisted in the Reserves on 9th December 1915 (C3841). He was then living at 87 Windsor Road, Bexhill, was just over 26 years of age, single, a picture frame maker, and a member of the Church of England. His next of kin was his father, Edwin Arthur Hills, of 36 Dane Road, Ramsgate. He was 5’ 4” tall, weighed 9 stone, had a 35” chest, and was of good physical development. His vision in both eyes was 6/6.
Edwin served on the Home Front until 17th October 1916 when he was posted to France. Around 9th June 1917 he was wounded but not further details are forthcoming.
After joining the Reserves he was posted to the 2/5 Royal Sussex Regiment, then the 13 Royal Sussex Regiment (G/16430); the Labour Corps (387373); the Royal Engineers (363404); and, finally, the 4th Reserves Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment.
When he left the Services in 1919 he was examined at St. Ouen, France, and he was still living at 87 Windsor Road, Bexhill.
Edwin was awarded both the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.