Hillson, John: Service no. 54227



Digitized Service Record

Source: British Home Children Who Died in the First World War.


British Home Child.

Biographic Information for John Hillson

[A] 11 year old John Hillson left Liverpool on 25 April 1907 and  his10 year old  Sister Isabella left Liverpool on 21 May 1908. Both travelled on the ship Dominion and John arrived Quebec City on 1 May 1907 and sister Isabella arrived Quebec City 31 May 1908. Both were part of a Party of Barnardo Home Children with Isabella going to Peterborough and John going to Toronto. In 1911 John Hillson was a Servant in the home of William and Ida Hensman in Essex South. On 12 Feb 1915 John Hillson becomes a Private in the 18th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Western Ontario). On 2 March 1916 former Home Child Private John Hillson is Killed in Action.

Via the Canadian Great War Project. Author unknown.

Via 18th Battalion Facebook Group contributed by Dawn Heuston.


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: Essex Free Press – Mar 31 1916. Via Dawn Heuston.

“Killed in Action.”

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