Vic Hills

Victor Samuel Hills (1919 - 2003)

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Victor Samuel (Vic) Hills
Born in Barking, Greater London, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 1 Nov 1942 in Christ Church, Eaton, Norwich, Norfolkmap
Died in Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Colney, Norwich, Norfolk,
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Vic Hills has Jewish Roots.
Vic Hills is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.

Category: St. Mary's Hellesdon New Burial Ground, Hellesdon, Norfolk


Victor Samuel Hills was born on August 5th 1919 in Barking, Greater London, England.[1] He was the son of Harry Hills and Sue Hall and the twin of Alfred Walter Hills, Vic was the youngest of 11 surviving children. The twins were known as Alf and Vic, they were born prematurely, both babies weighed less than 2 lbs. and were not expected to live. Vic's twin died when he was 6 days old. After a time Vic's mother asked the hospital Matron if he would survive; she was uncertain so his mother took him home saying she would enjoy him while she had him. Her devoted care and that of his sister Sue ensured his survival.

Vic Hills

Vic and his twin were given emergency baptism in hospital, but Vic was later received into the Church at St. Margaret's Barking. He attended St. Margaret's school and was confirmed at St. Margaret's church.

St. Margaret's, Barking where Vic Hills was received into the church and confirmed. He attended this church as a boy.

On leaving school in 1933 he worked in the City of London at Langley Smith & Co. at first as an office messenger boy. He attended evening classes to learn book-keeping and typing and after a year became an accounts clerk. He also helped in the family business collecting stock from Houndsditch Warehouse and sometimes serving in the shop.

Vic joined the territorial army shortly before World war II and was in the Royal Army Service Corps from 1939-1945. He served at a number of places in England including Sudbury, Yorkshire and Arminghall, Norfolk. While he was there he met Alice Larner at a dance in Norwich. He wrote to her shortly afterwards and their friendship grew. They married on November 1st 1942 at Christ Church, Eaton,[2] near Alice's home in Norwich because by this time her father was too ill to travel further.

Vic and Alice Hills

The next year Vic was posted to Accra in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) West Africa. He enjoyed his time there and was relieved to be away from the fighting in Europe but he missed Alice terribly.

At the end of the war he came home and was demobbed; finding no work in London he looked for work in Norwich and was employed as a clerk at Daniels seed Merchants. In 1946 Vic and Alice bought a bungalow in Hellesdon, a suburb of Norwich, where they spent the rest of their lives.

In 1949 Vic's only child, Christine, was born. He was a devoted husband and father throughout his life. In 1953 Vic got work as an invoice clerk at the Norvic Shoe Co. and in the mid '50s he began doing some evening and weekend work as a G.P.O. telephonist. In 1967 he gave up his office work to become a full time G.P.O. telephonist and he worked at the Telephone Exchange in Norwich until he retired.

Alice and Vic on their Golden Wedding Anniversary

He had nearly 20 years of retirement and with Alice celebrated his Diamond Wedding a year before he died. Vic loved travelling the countryside, by cycling up until 1963 and then driving, which he enjoyed. He often sang at the wheel and liked listening to classical music. He and Alice spent many holidays touring Scotland. They also went to Switzerland, Italy and Austria, loving the scenery and the music. They were both members of the National Trust and in the early years of their marriage were regular worshipers at St. Peter Mancroft. In later years they worshiped at Norwich Cathedral.

The last two years of Victor's life were difficult as his health deteriorated. He was admitted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in October 2003 and died there on November 5th 2003.[3] His funeral Service was held in Norwich Cathedral and he was buried in the new burial ground beside St. Mary's Church in Hellesdon.[4]

Work History

1951-1952 Insurance Agent
1952-1953 Estimating Clerk
1953-1967 Invoice Clerk
1956-1997 Also part-time Telephonist
1967-1984 Full Time G.P.O. Telephonist

Retired from work in 1984.
Vic Hills is one of twins.


  1. FS FMP' England and Wales Birth Registration Index
    Name Victor S Hills
    Event Type Birth Registration
    Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep
    Registration Year 1919
    Registration District Romford
    County Essex
    Event Place Romford, Essex, England
    Mother's Maiden Name (not available before 1911 Q3) Reeves
    Volume 4A Page 918 Line Number 71
    Citing this Record
    "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Victor S Hills, 1919; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Romford, Essex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. FS England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005
    Name Victor S Hills Event Type Marriage Registration Registration Quarter Oct-Nov-Dec Registration Year 1942 Registration District Norwich County Norfolk Event Place Norwich, Norfolk, England Spouse Name (available after 1911) Larner Volume 4B Page 354 Line Number 44 Victor S Hills Alice M Larner
    Citing this Record
    "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 October 2014), Victor S Hills and null, 1942; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1942, quarter 4, vol. 4B, p. 354, Norwich, Norfolk, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. FS England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007
    Name Victor Samuel Hills Event Type Death Registration Registration Quarter Oct-Nov-Dec Registration Year 2003 Registration District Norwich County Norfolk Event Place Norwich, Norfolk, England Birth Date (available after June quarter 1969) 05 Aug 1919 Volume 6391E Page E38B Citing this Record "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 September 2014), Victor Samuel Hills, Nov 2003; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Death Registration, Norwich, Norfolk, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  4. FaG Find A Grave Index
    Name Victor Samuel Hills
    Event Type Burial
    Event Date 2003
    Event Place Hellesdon, Broadland District, Norfolk, England
    Photograph Included Y
    Birth Date 05 Aug 1919
    Death Date 05 Nov 2003
    Affiliate Record Identifier 116695179
    Cemetery St. Mary's, Hellesdon, New Burial Ground
    Citing this Record
    "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Victor Samuel Hills, 2003; Burial, Hellesdon, Broadland District, Norfolk, England, St. Mary's, Hellesdon, New Burial Ground; citing record ID 116695179, Find a Grave,

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