Private John Richard Hill
Born. 1894, Farnley, Leeds.
Killed in action. 1/7/1916, Age 22.
John Richard Hill, single and living with his parents John and Susannah Hill, at 105, Peel Street, Farnley, attended Farnley Council School and Farnley Parish Church. He joined the Pals shortly before recruiting closed (hence his high service number), and was posted to D. company.
He served with the Pals alongside other Farnley men John Doughty, Willie Rudkin, Arthur Jackson and Willim McNeil, in Colsterdale, Egypt and France.
After the Pals attacked Serre on 1/7/1916 his parents were notified that he was missing in action.
From Armley and Wortley News 14/7/1916: “Farnley soldiers……..
“No news has been received from John Doughty, Cobden Road or Richard Hill, Peel Street, both members of D Company Leeds Pals, their families are very anxious about their fate”.
His parents did not receive conformation of John’s death until early 1917. This was the time the Germans had evacuated the old British front line and the Pals took time out to look for the remains of missing comrades.
From Armley and Wortley News 11/3/1917........
“Privates John Doughty and J Richard Hill, both of Farnley, previously reported missing, are now reported killed”
John Richard Hill is buried in Serre Road no 3 Cemetery, Somme, France. He is also commemorated on the Farnley War Memorial.