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Stanley Frederick Hill


Captain Stanley Frederick Hill,M.C. & Bar - Killed in action 4th November 1918 - Gloucestershire Regiment 4th Battalion. Killed at the crossing of the Sambre canal. The Glosters' last action in France. Aged 30. Son of William and Hester, of 1 Upper Belgrave Road, Clifton, Bristol. Buried at Landrecies British Cemetery, Nord. 7 days later on 11th November the Armistice came into effect.

1 Upper Belgrave Road, Clifton

Landrecies was the scene of rear-guard fighting on 25 August 1914, after the Battle of Mons, and from that date it remained in German hands until it was captured by the 25th Division on 4 November 1918. Landrecies British Cemetery was made by the 25th Division in November 1918 and all burials date from the period October 1918 to January 1919. Landrecies British Cemetery contains 165 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 14 of which are unidentified.

Above Landrecies British Cemetry.

Bristol Evening News Tuesday June 19th 1917

Lieutenant S F Hill Photograph

Lieutenant S F Hill of the Gloucesters, a son of W Hill of Downend, received the MC at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday June 15 th. He was wounded in March while taking a German trench.

Back Row (L-R): J.P.Williams, H.W.Luce, J.H.Burnett, R.G.Waldron, J.A.Chalmers, W.M.Logan, T.G.Naish. Front Row: S.F.Hill, R.A.McGuire, H.Merrick, W.F.Vowles, J.M.D.Stancomb

Above Bristol Grammar School First Cricket XI July 1906 with Stanley Frederick Hill.

Above Hill just before he received the Military Cross at Buckingham Palace on 13th June 1917

Stanley Hill left Bristol Grammar School in 1906 but remained a frequent visitor as Captain of the Old Boy's Crocket Club. He gained a commision in the Gloucesters, and won the M.C., rising to Captain. The Bristol Chronicle says "He fell early in November, only a few days before the armistice. All remember him will specially regret the loss of a most winning personality."