Other names: Percival Henry
Locations in this story: East Knoyle, WiltshireFrance & FlandersMenin Gate Memorial, YpresParkstone Avenue, Parkstone, DorsetDonhead St. Andrew, WiltshireBishops Knoyle (West Knoyle), WiltshirePains Hill, Donhead St. Andrew, WiltshireChedington Court, Beaminster, DorsetSalisbury
Story: Percival Henry Hill was born on 27th August, 1894, in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, and baptised at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bishop's Knoyle (West Knoyle),Wiltshire, on 7th October, 1894. He was the son of John Henry Hill, a Gardener, and Elizabeth Ann Hill (nee Bryant). His siblings included Walter Geoffrey, born in 1896, who also died in the war. His family moved to Pains Hill, Donhead St. Andrew around 1903. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and working as a Domestic Footman and living at Chedington Court, Beaminster, Dorset, in the employ of Sir Henry Peto (Bart). He enlisted in Salisbury and joined the 8th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment (Service No. 16355) and at the time of his death held the rank of Corporal. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 31st March 1916 and his name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres (Panel 21 & 31). He is remembered on the Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial. His parents were by then living at 78 Parkstone Avenue, Parkstone, Dorset.