Harold Hill and his five brothers all volunteered to fight at the beginning of the First World War. Harold, Ralph and Robert were killed. Five of the boys went into the army, the youngest into the Navy. Their parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Hill, received a letter from the King congratulating them on their contribution to the war effort. Harold was born on 4 July 1892 at Morcott. The family moved to Manor Farm in Pilton in 1898 and stayed there until 1913. Harold went to Oakham School, and was a schoolmaster before the war. He joined the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment in the first week of September 1914, but transferred later to the 11th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. He went to France in August 1915, took part in the Battle of Loos in September 1915, and was wounded in the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. At the fighting for Hoppy Wood he was reported missing on 3 May 1917. Harold is remembered on Bay 4 and 5 of the Arras Memorial as well as in Oakham School Chapel. His family had moved from Pilton to Skegness in 1913 and the three brothers are remembered on the war memorial there. Manor Farm in Pilton was taken over by the Harris family once the Hills had moved, including Joe Harris who also died in the First World War.
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