Veteran Stories:
Edwin Byard Hill

Army

  • Brass Drum insignia worn on Edwin Hill's uniform during World War I. Collection courtesy of Mr. Hill's grandson, Edwin Hill.

    Brass Drum insignia worn on Edwin Hill's uniform during World War I. Collection courtesy of Mr. Hill's grandson, Edwin Hill.
  • Edwin Hil's indentification bracelet with his name and ID number engraved on it.

    Edwin Hil's indentification bracelet with his name and ID number engraved on it.
  • Edwin Hill's Army pay book.

    Edwin Hill's Army pay book.
  • Pocket New Testament that Edwin Hill carried with him throughout the war.

    Pocket New Testament that Edwin Hill carried with him throughout the war.
  • Edwin Hill's was killed in action on August 8, 1918. He is buried in Mexieres Communal Cemetery near the Somme.

    Edwin Hill's was killed in action on August 8, 1918. He is buried in Mexieres Communal Cemetery near the Somme.
  • This commemoration scroll came to Edwin Hill's family with is death certificate.

    This commemoration scroll came to Edwin Hill's family with is death certificate.
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My name is Edwin Byard Hill, and the material I brought to you at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax was to do with my great grandfather, who I am named after. His name was Edwin Byard Hill. He served in the 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry, and the brackets around that read "(Manitoba Regiment)." He was killed on the 8th of August 1918 in France.

This paper I'm digging out now is an official OHMS thing, which I still have the original packaging for, and it's called "Final Verification Record From the Imperial War Graves Commission, 82 Baker St., London, W1," and in it, it says that he is buried Mexieres Communal Cemetery, Extension 4, Plot I, Row B, Grave 16. This came to my grandmother – there's nothing else on it – in an official round envelope, which I still have, as a matter of fact.

The other piece of paper that I have is a very small piece about 10" by 5", and it says, with a headline of Buckingham Palace, "I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War. Signed, George, Rex."

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