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1917 pocket diary - Pte R Hill

PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 11:08 am
by arboskittler

Following a family bereavement, I have come across a pocket diary for the year 1917 which belonged to my Great Uncle, Raymond Hill (no. 28362). Considering the age of the diary, the pages are all legible although some do contain 'abbreviations' which may need some deciphering.

At some point, I would like to donate the diary to the Regimental Museum but would also like to know some more detail on some of it's content. The idea is that, hopefullt, I can create a 'bigger picture' based on his daily notes. Some notes are very brief (e.g. pay day, received 4/=). others are more detailed (e.g. Sun 4 March– Left Tregantle 5am & Devonport 7.55. Arrived Southampton 2.25 & sailed on board SS Antrim for Rouen at 8pm. Part of escort for Waters who deserted previous draft at S’hampton. Sea very rough and most of us seasick). Later on, there is a more saddening entry about 'friendly fire'.

Pte Hill listed all his attachments during the year (e.g.May 14 to July 7 - 4th platoon D Coy, 10th btn Worc Rgt, B E F), but his opening entry is a Copy of Testimonial given to him by Sgt. Drummer H W Clarke 1st G Bn. Worc Rgt when he was leaving Ryde (I.O.W) to join 5th Bttn Worcestershire Regt on Jan 26 1917.

To help with the 'bigger picture', is there any way to get some information on this Sgt Clarke?



Re: 1917 pocket diary - Pte R Hill

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:29 am
by allanp
Hi Andy

Could this be your Great Uncle?

11th August 1917 edition of the Worcester Herald.
28382 Pte R. Hill – Tetbury

I know that the number is slightly out but I have found that this happens sometimes in the newspapers.

Regards Allan

Re: 1917 pocket diary - Pte R Hill

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:05 am
by arboskittler
Many thanks Allan.

This must be him.

How do you go about tracking down the Worcester Herald stuff?? I'm interested to see if anything is mentioned about pte's Prew & Barley (kia the same day).

Is it Worcester library, maybe?



Re: 1917 pocket diary - Pte R Hill

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:05 am
by Mike Jones
Hi Andy,
The man Allan Parry has found in The Worcester Herald is definitely your relative. The number you gave us is the wrong one, 28362 belongs to Pte Edgar Tooke. Pte Raymond Hill is 28382.
Regards Mike

Re: 1917 pocket diary - Pte R Hill

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:13 pm
by corona
Hi Andy,
The service papers of 28382 PTE. RAYMOND HILL can be found on ANCESTRY.( Pay for site) along with his Medal Issue Card.
Aged 19and 8 months Address 8, HIGH ST. LYNDNEY GLOS. a GWR BOOKING CLERK.
Next of Kin Clara Hill(mother) Tetbury . Was wounded Gunshot rt.elbow .
More details of his Army career are set out in his papers, which although damaged, have survived WW2 German bombing.