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John Hillson

In memory of:

Private John Hillson

March 2, 1916

Military Service

Service Number:





Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)


18th Bn.

Additional Information


March 7, 1892

Commemorated on Page 103 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

II. J. 7.


RIDGE WOOD MILITARY CEMETERY is located 5 Km south west of Ieper town centre, on the Slijpstraat, a road leading from the Kemmelseweg. (Connecting Ieper to Kemmel N331). From Ieper town centre the Kemmelseweg is reached via the Rijselsestraat, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort), and straight on towards Armentieres (N365). 900 m after the crossroads is the right hand turning onto the Kemmelseweg. (Made prominent by a railway level crossing). 4 km along the Kemmelseweg on the right hand side lies Elzenwalle Military Cemetery, which marks the junction with Slijpstraat. RIDGE WOOD MILITARY CEMETERY lies 1 Km along the Slijpstraat, after a small staggered crossroads.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Circumstance of Death Register "Killed in Action"
  • Newspaper Clipping– PTE. JOHN HILLSON KILLED

    On Thursday last week, W.G. Hensman was the recipient of a letter from Rev. A. Carlisle, chaplain of the 18th battalion, stating that Pte. John Hillson had been killed in action a few days previous. Pte. Hillson was one of the Barndardo boy whom Mr. Hensman had raised, and has written regularly of his life in the trenches. He enlisted in Windsor over a year ago, and had been six months in the firing line. Rev. Carlisle wrote that he had conducted himself as a noble soldier and a true man whom they all liked and respected, also that he had been buried in a military cemetery along with 4 of his comrades, quite close to the trench where he met his death. Pte. Hillson was well known in this locality.
Source: Unknown. Date published: Possibly March 31, 1916.
Contributed by E.Edwards

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