Ronald William HILL
Rank: Private
Number: PS/5006
Unit: C Company, 20th Battalion ROYAL FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 22 June 1916
Age: 22
Cemetery: Gorre British & Indian Cemetery, Pas de Calais

Ronald was born near Allostock, where his father George Hill farmed at Bradshaw Brook. George had married Georgina Hill in the late 1880s at St Mary's Church, Astbury. Their first child was a son and, in the custom of the day, he was named after his father. Ronald also had a younger sister - Margaret. The 1901 Census confirms that the farm was successful business - allowing the family tp employ a governess to look after the children and a housemaid. Three young men who worked on the farm also lived on the premises.

Ronald was educated at King's School, Chester and, later, at Manchester Grammar School. By the time of the War, George Hill appears to have given up farming and the family was living at "Silverstone", Stockport Road, Cheadle Heath. Ronald worked locally as clerk employed by the Stockport Poor Law Union. He was a gifted musician and a member of the Royal College of Music. When he enlisted into the army in September 1914, he joined the "Public School" Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. It was unit which drew all its original recruits from young middle class men and which went overseas on active service in November 1915.

In the late evening of 16 June 1916, Ronald and his comrades started another tour of duty in the front line trenches. The next six days were quiet period. There were no major attacks underway but there would always be the danger from enemy shelling and during the tour, Ronald was one of three men to be killed.

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