HILL, Percy

Private Percy Hill
14112 Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
725748 24th London Regiment
141121 Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)


Photo Courtesy: Sally Coles (nee Haddon)

Photo Courtesy: Sally Coles (nee Haddon)


Percy Hill was born in 1890 at Westwood, Notts son of Robert Hill a general dealer and Catherine (nee Heald). He was one of ten children of whom nine survived: Mary, Robert, Edward, William, Harry, Thomas, Ida (who later married Herbert Ball Haddon), Catherine and Percy. Percy’s younger brothers Harry and Thomas are also listed on the Jacksdale War Memorial as having served and survived WW1.

In 1911 the family was living on Main Road, in the corner shop which is now the dental surgery. Percy, aged 20 was employed as a carpenter at the colliery.  Percy was a volunteer and his Medal Rolls Index Card notes he entered a theatre of war (France), on 30th August 1915. He was a recipient of the 1914-15 Star, the British War and Victory Medals.

In 1919 Percy married Florence Barton (nee Nicholls) and widow of Richard Barton, a local collier who was killed at Pye Hill on 2nd Dec 1916, aged 41 and buried at Westwood, St. Mary’s. Florence already had several children from her first marriage, Nelly, Gerty, William Albert, Richard and John Henry Barton. It does not appear that Percy and Florence had any children from their marriage. They lived at number 4, Sedgwick Street, Jacksdale.

Florence died in 1946, aged 68 and Percy in 1961, aged 70. Both are buried at Westwood, St. Mary’s.