Regiment : 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 18720
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 3rd September 1916
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 5A and 6C.
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Athel Hill attended Wollescote school and was married and living in Cross Street, Wollescote, before 1914. He volunteered for the Worcesters and joined the 3rd Battalion. They fought in the Ploegsteert area in 1915 and in the battles of Messines in the Spring of 1916. In the third stage of the Battle of the Somme the battalion was engaged in attacks on the powerful defences of the Leipzig Redoubt near the village of Thiepval. A major attack on the 3rd September resulted in heavy loss, including the battalion commander and two company commanders. Among the others who died was Corporal Athel Hill who was killed by a shell.
The birth of Athelstan Hill is registered in the June Quarter 1886 under the Stourbridge Registration District. His marriage registered in the June Quarter 1910 under the Stourbridge Registration District.
Athel Hill has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial.