HILL, William Lade

HILL, William Lade.  18695 Pte 15 BN Royal Scots. Enlisted at Manchester on 24/12/1914 while living at The Green, Grindleford, giving his age as 30 years 9 months. (this conflicts with ages given on various census returns. He possibly lied as at 35 he may have been considered too old to join up). He joined his company at Edinburgh on 29/12/1914, eventually going to France on 8/1/1916 where he was KIA on 1/7/1916 and remembered on the Thiepval Memorial (pier 6D & 7D). His records show several misdemeanours including missing without reason several times, resulting in loss of pay and being confined to barracks. His N of K was his mother, but she had died on 18/5/1916 at Tedgness, Nether Padley, Grindleford, and is buried at Eyam, so his effects were sent to his sister Catherine. William was b1880 at Liscard, Cheshire, on census forms, (or Port Glasgow on his enlistment papers, probably so he could join a Scottish Regiment), and he lived most years in Cheshire, with his father William, who died in 1910, his mother Susan Cumming  (née  Lade, b Port Glasgow, Scotland) , and siblings, Catherine, Archibald and Isabella (all born in Cheshire). He gave his trade as an Agent.