Hill, Charles Francis (Charles)
No. 17876, ‘C’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Wednesday 10 May 1916 (aged 18)
Authuile Military Cemetery, France (Grave A. 12)
Ballygowan Presbyterian Church
Charles Francis Hill was a son of Charles Hill and a stepson of Catherine Hill who lived in the townland of Ravara, Ballygowan.
Charles and Catherine were married around 1900/1901.
Charles Hill worked as a farm labourer and he had at least two sons:
John (born around 1892/1893)
Charles (born around 1895/1896)
Charles Francis Hill worked as a farm labourer and his older brother John worked as a general dealer. John planned to enlist but was unable to do so after he lost an arm in a threshing machine accident.
Charles Francis Hill enlisted in Comber, trained at Clandeboye and served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
Rifleman Charles Francis Hill was killed by shellfire during the night of 10/11 May 1916 and he was buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, France. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH
Rifleman Charles Francis Hill is commemorated in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.