HARTILL John + Robert

4736969 Pte John Henry HARTILL York and Lancaster Regiment.

General Service medal 1918-1962 North West Persia Clasp.

Awarded to members of Noperforce (North Persia Force) Army and R.A.F. and those on various lines of communications serving under Brigadier-General H.F. Bateman-Champain in 1920.

4736969 Pte J.H. HARTHILL Y & L.R.

4736969 Pte J.H. HARTILL  Y & L.R.

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John Henry HARTILL was born c.1898 at Attercliffe, Sheffield. His parents being John, a coal miner and Clara HARTILL. He had 2 brothers Robert and Samuel, 1 sister Clara.

Attercliffe Christ Church

Attercliffe Christ Church

The 1901 census shows the family living at 20 Dolphin Street, Attercliffe, Sheffield. This road no longer exists.

Dolphin Street Attercliffe

Dolphin Street Attercliffe

The 1911 census shows the family to be living at 184 Ripon Street, Attercliffe. This street can still be found but no longer has residential housing.

Ripon Street Attercliffe

Ripon Street Attercliffe


John would serve in WW1 as a private with the West Yorkshire Regiment, service number 57150 and also as a private with the York and Lancaster Regiment with service number 53175.

He is named on the Dolphin Street memorial, the only known street memorial in Sheffield to men who served in WW1.

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Inscription at the bottom of the memorial reads: They all received a good report and glorious triumphed in victory not once or twice in our rough islands- story The path of duty was the way to glory Out a total number of 48 houses in Dolphin Street, 55 men fought in the Great War (World War I) and in addition every female able to work devoted her time to duties of national importance. Seven men died and one was missing. Driver Joseph Drake, R.F.A. won the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery at Ypres, when he dressed the wounded during shell fire. Pte T Elkington who obtained his ribbon was killed just after his last leave. One of the residents, Mrs. Bagnall inaugorated a war mermrial and roll of honour and with the aid of other neighbours and without the slightest assistance from outside sources erected a suitable shrine with the names of those in the street who had served.

John died at Sheffield on 17th February 1947 a steelworks labourer aged 48 residing at 321 Attercliffe Common. He was killed when the motor lorry he was travelling in as a passanger collided with a tram standard on Penistone Road causing a fractured skull and brain injury. His death was registered on the 24th February 1947 and he was buried in Tinsley Park Cemetery, plot JC, grave number 5 which is a unmarked marginal grave. Sadly John died a pauper so has no headstone.

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I found this press cutting from the Sheffield Telegraph dated 18th February 1947. Strangely the account and the deceased first name differ from the death certificate! There is no Frank HARTHILL recorded died so this simply has to be a reporting error.


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17-14144 SJT Robert Hartill Lancashire Fusiliers and 53193 + 4736980 SJT R Hartill York & Lancaster Regiment

Robert Hartill was born in Attercliffe, Yorkshire in 1893. We first see him in the 1901 census living at 20 Dolphin Street with his family. The 1911 census records he is a Coal Miner/Filler aged 18 years residing with his father John also a Coal Miner, mother Clara, 2 brothers and 1 sister at 184 Ripon Street, Sheffield.

Serving in France with the 17th (1st South East Lancashire) Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers he was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during operations 1st to 30th October 1918, the Battalion taking part in a series of successful attacks and suffering almost 300 casualties during that period. MM London Gazette 14th May 1919 page 6027 home town recorded as Sheffield.


Transferring to the 2nd Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment post hostilities he served in the IRAQ and NW Persia operations attached 17th Battalion Machine Gun Corps. Post Army service he returned home to 39 Reginald Street, Pitsmoor, Sheffield and probably his former employment as Coal Miner, he died in Sheffield in 1961 aged 68 years.

Reginald Street Pitsmoor

Reginald Street Pitsmoor

Robert is buried in Shiregreen Cemetery