Other names: Frank
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetCardiffGallipoli, TurkeyIndiaMesopotamiaIraqAbernant Road, Markham Villages, Nr. Holly Bush, MonmouthshireSt. James' Church, ShaftesburyTanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury
Story: Frank Hillier was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1893 and baptised at St. James' Church on 16th April 1893, the son of Thomas Hillier and Catherine Hillier (née Hopkins). Frank lived with his family at 5 Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in Cardiff on 12th August 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 12th April 1915. Following treatment he was sent to India for recuperation. He eventually returned to Mesopotamia and on 18th February 1918 was attached to the Royal Engineers (Railway Division) as a platelayer in Iraq where, on 23rd November 1918, he was hospitalized with malaria. After further convalescence he returned to England and was discharged on 1st April 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.