Other names: Frank
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetCardiffGallipoliIndiaMesopotamiaIraqMarkham Villages, Nr. Holly Bush, Monmouthshire
Story: Frank Hillier was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1893 and baptised at St. James Church on 16 Apr 1893 the son of Thomas Hillier and Catherine Hillier (nee Hopkins). Frank lived with his family at 5 Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in Cardiff on 12 Aug 1914 and joined the Welch Regiment as a Private. (Service No. 11311). He served with the Middle East Expeditionary Force and took part in the Gallipoli campaign where he received gun shot wounds to his side and leg on 12 Apr 1915. Following treatment he was sent to India for recuperation. He eventually returned to Mesopotamia and on 18 Feb 1918 was attached to the Royal Engineers (Railway Division) as a platelayer in Iraq where, on 23 Nov 1918, he was hospitalized with malaria. After further convalescence he returned to England and was discharged on 1 Apr 1919 giving 5 Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury, as his forwarding address. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1914/15 Star. His Star Medal was sent to an address in 1920 at 26 Abernant Road, Markham Villages, Nr, Holly Bush, Monmouthshire. This is the last record that can be found for him. He cannot be found on the 1939 Register or in any death record.