Other names: Percival Frederick
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetTanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury, DorsetLaurel House, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetReigate, SurreyBasingstoke, Hampshire
Story: Percival Frederick Hillier was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd February 1896 and baptised at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, on 8th March 1896, the son of Frederick John Hillier and Emma Jane Hillier (née Upjohn). He lived his early life in Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury, later moving to Laurel House, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He enlisted and served with the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry Division) as a Private (Service No. 101460). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory Medal. (A note on the medal record states the medal itself remained undisposed of.) Percival married Ethel Mary Brown in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26th December 1931. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 1 Day Ball Cottage, Reigate, Surrey, and was working as a Cowman. His death was recorded at the Basingstoke, Hampshire, Registry, on 9th Aug 1980. His brothers, Frederick John, George Stephen and Robert James also served in the conflict.