David Thomas Hillyer

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Corporal

Service No:           10798

Unit:                     “D” Bty. 47th Bde., Royal Field Artillery

 David was born in Coombe Down, Bath in 1844; he was the son of  David and Mary Ann Hillyer.  A 7 year old schoolboy in 1891 he was living with his parents & siblings at Landsdown View Prospect Place Bath; his father was a labourer in a quarry.  By 1911 the family had moved to 4 Greendown Terrace Combe Down Bath, at this time David Thomas was employed as a general labourer. His parents subsequently moved to 102 Beaufort Road, St George, Bristol.

47 Brigade RFA was formed in Aug/Sept 1914 for 14th (Light) Division of the First New Army. It had four batteries, A to D, each equipped with four 18-pounder guns. 

Cpl. David Thomas Hillyer was killed in action on 8th December 1917.

He is remembered with honour at the Viameringhe  New Military Cemetery and he rests in grave reference X11 A 14

 

Image courtesy of  CWGC.

 David was awarded The 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal & the Victory Medal.

 

 

 

References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1189 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.