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Local paper published Robert Hillhouse's picture

Posted by firsttankcrews on March 3, 2017 at 5:50 AM

The Falkirk Herald provides more information and a photograph about Sgt Robert Hillhouse.  Robert who served in C Company and was killed on 11 April 1917 at Monchy le Preux during the Battle of Arras.

The paper confirms that Robert was a motor cyclist as a young man and collided with butcher's horse and cart in his home town of Denny on 23 August 1910. The bike was badly damaged and the horse severely cut as a result of the accident. 

Two years later, Robert married Janet Dunn and they had two daughters in 1913 and 1915. 

Robert, who later served with No 8 Company in C Battalion, was originally declared missing in action after the attack on 11 April 1917,  One year later,the War Office formally notified Janet that he must been presumed dead and this information and Robert's photogaph was published shortly afterwards.  Janet was granted a £10 gratuity but no pension.   

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