Reginald George Hillier

Surname: Hillier
Other names: Reginald George
Other people in this story:
George Hillier
Sarah Anne Hillier (nee Aldridge)
Violet Winifred Bray
Alfred Hillier
Bertram Edgar Hillier
Harold Sydney Hillier
Clarence Fred Hillier
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Melksham, Wiltshire

Reginald George Hillier was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7 Jun 1890 the son of George Hillier, a Watchmaker, and Sarah Anne Hillier (nee Aldridge).  He lived his early life at 12 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, until by 1911 he had moved to Northampton, Northamptonshire, where he was working as Watch, Clock and Instrument Repairers Assistant.   He married Violet Winifred Bray in Melksham, Wiltshire, during 1914.  He had enlisted with the Royal Naval Air Service on 15 Mar 1917 as a Leading Mechanic (Service No. F26939).  He transferred to the newly formed Royal Air Force on 1 Apr 1918 (Service No. 226939) (Records show he had also served with the Dorset Territorials as a Private from 1907 to 1910).  He was discharged on 4 Mar 1919 and would have qualified for at least the British War Medal although no record can be found.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 35 The Vale, Northampton, working as a Watch, Clock and Instrument Repairer as well as a Volunteer ARP Warden.   His death was recorded in Northampton on 9 Sep 1953. Of his brothers, Alfred, Bertram Edgar, Harold Sydney and Clarence Fred Hillier, also served and survived the conflict.    


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