William Hills

William and Ellen's weddding

"Number 7 archlee terrace was the home for my grandfather and grandmother back before the 1914 time scale. William Hills was his name, he was killed in Ypres Oct 4 1917 and his name is on the FH memorial.

He had two sons, my dad Norman William (born 1914) and my uncle Douglas (born 1917, after his father was killed). Their mother lived until about 1930 and is buried in Fern Lane cemetery off Sheepridge Lane.

My dad and uncle continued to live in archlee with an aunt, Jenny. The house did not have electricity until about 1955. We did not have an inside toilet until 1955 or so when my parents had the bathroom extension added. I remember that my dad used to chat with Mr Lawrence when both were using the adjacent toilets at the end of the garden. One thing I can remember and I must have been quite young was seeing my father march with other retired soldiers in his military uniform past the cenotaph, perhaps on Remembrance Sunday.

My parents, Verena and Norman, lived in Archlee with their children Wendy and Graham until 1958 when we moved to "The Nest", a bungalow on Fennels Way."

Graham Hills

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