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Edwin Hill Name: Edwin James Hill Rank: Quartermaster Sergeant Service Number: L/25454 Service: Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Date of Birth: August 7, 1916 Place of Birth: Lebret, Saskatchewan Date of Enlistment: September 10, 1940 Age at Enlistment: 24 Place of Enlistment: Regina, Saskatchewan Address at Enlistment: Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan Height: 5 feet 8½ inches Complexion: Fair Eyes: Blue Hair: Light brown Trade: Motor Mechanic, 7 years experience Religion: Anglican Marital status: Single Next of Kin: Margaret Marie Hill, wife Date of Death: May 4, 1945 Age: 28 Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands Grave: XII. B. 14. Commemorated on Page 524 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on November 5 Edwin James Hill was the son of Mr. Richard Percy and Mrs. Annie Hyacinth Jane (Thorpe) Hill (1895-1918) and husband of Margaret Marie (Betts) Hill, Truro, Nova Scotia. His father worked for Canadian National Railway at Findlaner, Saskatchewan. Edwin was raised by his grandparents in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan. He worked as a mechanic at Minto’s garage in Fort Qu’Appelle, before enlisting September 10, 1940. Edwin qualified as Motor Mechanic September 10, 1940, and was initially taken on strength with the 12th Detachment of the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps in Regina, Saskatchewan, at Camp Dundurn, from September 10 to 29, 1940. He was promoted to acting Corporal, and departed Camp Dundurn at the end of September 1940. He transferred to the Regina Rifles and arrived at Debert, Nova Scotia for training October 3, 1940. He also qualified as a Driver during training on April 17, 1941. He married Margaret Marie Hill Betts from 43 Walker Street in Truro, Nova Scotia, on May 31, 1941 at the United Church at 147 Queen Street in Truro, Nova Scotia. His wife was a knitter at Stanfields Ltd, the daughter of Charles Betts of Oxford Junction, Nova Scotia, and Effie (Pearson) Betts. Edwin was promoted to acting Sergeant July 29, 1941. He departed Canada from Halifax, Nova Scotia at the end of August 1941 and arrived in Gourock, Scotland September1, 1941. He was confirmed as Sergeant October 29, 1941. He was reassigned form the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps to the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers on May 15, 1944 and was appointed Quartermaster Sergeant June 27, 1944. He disembarked in France July 25, 1944 and was reassigned to the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME). He was killed in action May 4, 1945. The Hill River in Saskatchewan is name after him (59.8667°N / 107.7833°W), it flows west to the Tazin River (Saskatchewan Geo-Memorial).
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Edwin Hill