Other names: Robert James
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & Flanders
Story: Robert James Hillier was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 8 Dec 1889 and baptised at St. James Church on 12 Aug 1890 the son of Frederick John Hillier and Emma Jane Hillier (nee Upjohn). He lived most of his life in the Shaftesbury area and just prior to his enlistment into the Army he was living in Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury. He joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry on 8 Sep 1914 as a Private (Service No. 11334). He served with the 6th Battalion in France and Flanders from 13 Jul 1915 where he received gunshot wounds to the left leg which eventually led to his early discharge on 6 Sep 1917. He was awarded the Silver War Badge No. 242038 as well as the Victory and British War Medals along with the 1915 Star. The only other reliable information found is that he was living with his sister at 5 Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury, according to the 1931 Electoral Register. His brother, George Stephen Hillier, also served in the conflict and their names were mentioned on a Roll of Honour published in the St. James Church Parish Magazine on Nov 1918.