Robert Johnson Hill was one of six brothers who all enlisted in the first few months of the war, three of whom would be killed. Originally from Morcott, the family spent some time in Pilton before moving to Skegness in 1913. Robert, Harold and Ralph all died, the other three survived. Robert was born at Morcott 15 May 1894. The family moved to Manor Farm, Pilton when he was four years old and remained there until 1913. Robert took up farming and early in September 1914 joined the Northamptonshire Yeomanry. His brothers joined up around the same time and their father received a letter from the King conratulating the family on its service. Robert went to France on 7 November 1914 and took part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in the spring of 1915. He was transferred from the Yeomanry to the 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment in August 1917. He died on 29 November 1917, shot by a sniper in the trenches near Tincourt, in the Somme region of France, and and now lies in Tincourt New British Cemetery, grave VI.J.25. The Hill family moved to Skegness in 1913 and Robert and his brothers are remembered on the war memorial in the town, outside St Matthew's church, but not on any war memorial in Rutland. The Harris family which moved into their old home in Pilton also lost a son, Joe Harris, in the First World War.
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