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William Henry Hill. 13th Manchesters Regiment.
« on: August 21, 2011, 12:54:55 PM »
Can't find my Grandfathers Military Record. I've been searching for a long time. HELP!

William Henry Hill b.21.7.1882
Regiment: 13th Manchesters. L/Cpl. No:34143.

Blinded at the battle of Doiran, Salonica in 1917.

Can anybody help with some info.?

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Re: William Henry Hill. 13th Manchesters Regiment.
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2011, 05:34:15 PM »

Where have you searched, then we can eliminate those avenues


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Re: William Henry Hill. 13th Manchesters Regiment.
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011, 10:08:19 AM »
hi yvonne, i have replied to you email, but will post again to save people going over the same info,
if his records on not on ancestry every chance they were in the burnt section, from ww2 air raids,

13th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Ashton-under-Lyne in September 1914, as part of K3 and attached to as Army
Troops to 25th Division. Moved to Seaford.
October 1914 : transferred to 66th Brigade in 22nd Division. Moved to billets in Eastbourne
in November and returned to Seaford in March 1915. Went on to Aldershot in May.
September 1915 : landed in France.
October 1915 : moved to Salonika.
22 June 1918 : left the Division and retured to France, arriving at Abancourt on 11 July 1918.
21 July 1918 : attached to 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division.
30 July 1918 : absorbed the 17th Bn.
13 August 1918 : absorbed into the 1/9th Bn.

The history of 22nd Division

This Division was established in September 1914 as part of Army Order 388 authorising
Kitchener's Third New Army, K3. The units began to assemble in the area of Eastbourne and
Seaford, with the artillery at Lewes, from September 1914. The Division remained in these
areas, other than when the infantry moved for two weeks entrenchment training to Maidstone
in April 1915, as it was trained and equipped.

The Division crossed to France in early September 1915, all units being concentrated near
Flesselles by 9th of the month. But the stay in France was to be very short.

On 27 October 1915, the Division, having been moved by train to Marseilles, began to
embark for Salonika. It completed concentration there in November, although the final
artillery units were still coming in as late as 13 December 1915. The 22nd Division
remained in the theatre for the rest of the war, taking part in the following operations:

8-13 December: the Retreat from Serbia (Advanced Divisional HQ, 6th Brigade, 9th Border
and 68th Field Ambulance only)

10-18 August 1916: the Battle of Horseshoe Hill
13-14 September 1916: the Battle of Machukovo

24-25 April and 8-9 May 1917: the Battles of Doiran

The Division lost a number of units in mid 1918; they were transferred to France
18-19 September 1918: the Battle of Doiran

An Armistice with Bulgaria was signed on 30 September 1918.

By 18-20 October, units of the Division had marched back to Stavros. Here they embarked
on destroyers with the intention of a landing at Dede Agach to continue the fight against
Turkey. After one attempt was called off due to rough weather, the infantry finally landed
on 28 October 1918. On reaching Makri, the Division learned that an Armistice with Turkey
was imminent. Demobilisation began at Chugunsi and the Division ceased to exist by 31 March
The 22nd Division had suffered casualties of 7,728 killed, wounded and missing during the
war but vastly larger numbers sick with malaria, dysentery and other diseases rife in the
Salonika theater.
66th Brigade     
9th Bn, the Border Regiment     left February 1915
9th Bn, the South Lancashire Regiment     
8th Bn, the King's Shropshire Light Infantry     
13th Bn, the Manchester Regiment     left 28 June 1918
12th Bn, the Cheshire Regiment     joined February 1915
66th Machine Gun Company     joined 14 July 1916
66th SAA Section Ammunition Column     joined by 17 July 1916
66th Trench Mortar Battery     joined 5 November 1916

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Re: William Henry Hill. 13th Manchesters Regiment.
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011, 08:53:06 PM »
This is from his Silver War Badge roll & BWM & VM medal roll.

The link will take you to the photos which were posted on the 13th Bn: