Harry Hills

Henry James Hills (1878 - 1952)

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Henry James (Harry) Hills
Born in Tilney-cum-Islington, Norfolk. Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1 Aug 1899 in Primitive Methodist Chapel, Mary Street, Canning Town, London. Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, London. England.map
Profile last modified 30 Jan 2020 | Created 13 Aug 2014
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Biography

Henry James Hills, known as Harry, was born at Tilney-cum-Islington, Norfolk, England, on June 30 1878.[1] His parents were Samuel Hills and Frances Brown. He was the ninth of their ten children, having one older brother and seven older sisters as well as one younger sister. He remained close to his family throughout his life. Harry was baptised at Tilney-cum-Islington on July 28, 1878. This church is no longer used and has fallen into ruin but the tower remains intact.[2]

St. Mary's Church, Tilney-cum-Islington.

The 1881 census shows Harry as a boy of 2 years, the family were still living at Tilney-cum-Islington, Norfolk. The two eldest daughters had already left home.[3] The family moved to London while Harry was still young and he attended West Ham Board School. In the 1891 census Harry is listed as a scholar.[4] By this time only three of the ten children were still living at home. Harry married Susan Hall Reeves on August 1, 1899,[5] at the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Mary Street, Canning Town.[6] where he was a member. Harry's marriage certificate states that he was an analytical chemist of 105, Becton Road, Canning Town. [7] Harry learnt photography from his father-in-law but continued to work as an analytical chemist in Tate & Lyle Sugar Works at Silvertown until 1915, just helping with the photography, though he put it as his occupation in the 1901 and 1911 census. [8] About 1908-1909 Harry suffered from tuberculosis but he made a complete recovery.

In 1915 gave up his work with Tate and Lyle and for a few years he took up photography full time in his wife's business, which she had taken over from her father when he emigrated to Australia in 1911. When they were first married they lived in Susan's family home in Canning Town but by 1905 they had moved to Barking. In 1918 Harry began work in an engineers store in Barking. The family settled at 61 North Street where they lived in rooms behind and above the shop.

Harry and Sue had eleven children, the youngest being twin boys born prematurely in 1919. When one of them died aged 6 days Harry took him home and showed him to the other children in a tiny coffin, telling them that this was their little brother.[9] During the 1939-1945 war Harry became a Fire Guard. After the war he helped a bit in the family shop but spent most of his time visiting his married children.

Harry and Sue Hills at the wedding of their grand-daughter Olive

Harry died of cancer in the London Hospital, Whitechapel Road on June 13 1952[10] and was buried at Barking Cemetery in the same grave as his wife.[11]

Sources

Addresses and Occupations collected from various Documents

1899 105 Beckton Road, Canning Town, London Analytical Chemist
1902 50 Hermit Road Plaistow, London Photographer's Manager
1906 27 East Street, Barking
1913 19 East Street, Barking Engineer's Store Keeper
1915 309 Barking Road, East Ham Photographer
1918 31 Axe Street, Barking Assist, in Engineers Store
1919 61 North Street, Barking (Where he remained until he died in 1952)
1919 Engineer's Store Keeper
1927 Photographer
1942 Fire Guard

Entries in Essex Trade Directories

1906 Henry Jas Hills 27 East Street, Barking Photographers
1908 Henry Jas Hills 27 East Street, Barking Photographers
1910 Henry Jas Hills 27 East Street, Barking Photographers
1912 Henry Jas Hills 19 East Street, Barking Photographers
1914 Henry James Hills 309 Barking Road, East Ham, Photographers
1917 (No Entry)
1922 Henry James Hills 61 North Street, Barking Photographer
1926 Henry James Hills 61 North Street, Barking Photographer
Henry James Hills 2 & 4 Axe Street, Barking Gramophone Dealer
1933 Hy Jas Hills 61 North Street, Barking Cycle Agt. & Dealer
1937 Hy Jas Hills 61 North Street, Barking Cycle Agt. & Dealer

  1. GRO BirthName: HILLS, HENRY JAMES Mother's Maiden Surname: BROWN GRO Reference: 1878 S Quarter in WISBECH Volume 03B Page 629 Info. from birth cert.Father's Occupation: Farm Labourer Informant: Samuel Hills of Tilney cum Islington Reg. July 7, 1878
  2. FS England Births and Christenings
    Name Henry James Hiles
    Gender Male
    Christening Date 28 Jul 1878
    Christening Place Parish Church of Tilney-cum-Islington, Norfolk, England
    Church name St Mary
    Person abode Islington
    Father's Name Samuel Hills
    Father occupation Labourer Mother's Name Frances
    Citing this Record
    "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J7K7-WMQ : 6 December 2014), Henry James Hiles, 28 Jul 1878; citing Tilney-cum-Islington, Norfolk, England, reference item 6 p 55; FHL microfilm 1,546,351.
  3. FS 1881 Census
    Name: Henry J Hills
    Event Place: Tilney Cum Islington (Norfolk), Cambridgeshire, England
    Registration District: Wisbech
    Gender: Male
    Age: 2
    Marital Status (Original): Single
    Relationship to Head of Household: Son
    Birth Year (Estimated): 1879
    Birthplace: Islington, Norfolk, England
    Page Number: 3 Registration Number: RG11 Piece/Folio: 1698/93
    Affiliate Record Type: Household
    Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
    Samuel Hills Head M 42 Upwell, Norfolk, England
    Frances Hills Wife F 40 Hilgay, Norfolk, England
    John D Hills Son M 17 Upwell, Norfolk, England
    Sarah A Hills Daughter F 12 Downham, Norfolk, England
    Rose Hills Daughter F 11 Downham, Norfolk, England
    Kate Hills Daughter F 10 Islington, Norfolk, England
    Minnie Hills Daughter F 9 Islington, Norfolk, England
    Gertrude E Hills Daughter F 4 Islington, Norfolk, England
    Henry J Hills Son M 2 Islington, Norfolk, England
    Edith J Hills Daughter F 0 Islington, Norfolk, England
    Household ID: 1618032 Line Number: 15 GS Film Number: 101774507
    Digital Folder Number: 101774507 Image Number: 00932
    Citing this Record
    "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27C-5CWS : 11 December 2017), Edith J Hills in household of Samuel Hills, Tilney Cum Islington (Norfolk), Cambridgeshire, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 3, Piece/Folio 1698/93, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,507.
  4. FS 1891 Census
    Name: Henry J Hills
    County: Essex Parish: West Ham Ecclesiastical Parish: ST GABRIELS Registration District: West Ham
    Gender: Male
    Age: 12
    Occupation: Scholar
    Relationship to Head of Household: Son
    Birth Year (Estimated): 1879
    Birthplace: Norfolk, England
    Page Number: 52 Registration Number: RG12 Piece/Folio: 1326/ 132
    Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
    Samuel Hills Head M 52 Norfolk, England
    Frances Hills Wife F 50 Norfolk, England
    Rose Hills Daughter F 21 Norfolk, England
    Henry J Hills Son M 12 Norfolk, England
    Edith J Hills Daughter F 10 Norfolk, England
    Line Number: 15
    Citing this Record
    "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLWZ-WPZ : 3 May 2019), Edith J Hills in household of Samuel Hills, West Ham, Essex, England, United Kingdom; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Essex county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  5. FBMD Marriage Marriages Sep 1899
    Surname HILLS
    Given Name Henry James
    District W.Ham Volume 4a Page 562
    (See Certificate in Images.)
  6. Methodist Circuit History Mary Street headed the new Canning Town circuit (1881) and in 1903 had the largest Primitive Methodist congregation in West Ham. It was bombed about 1943 and was later demolished
  7. FS 1901 Census
    Name: Henry J Hills
    Event Type: Census
    Event Date: 31 Mar 1901
    Event Place: West Ham, Essex, England, United Kingdom
    County: Essex Civil Parish: West Ham Ecclesiastical Parish: St Gabriel
    Sub-District: Plaistow Registration District: West Ham
    Gender: Male
    Age: 22
    Occupation: PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSISTANT
    Relationship to Head of Household: Head
    Birth Year (Estimated): 1879
    Birthplace: Lynn, Norfolk
    Schedule Type: 486 Page Number: 72
    Household Role Sex Age Birthplace Henry J Hills Head M 22 Lynn, Norfolk Susan H Hills Wife F 20 Canning Town, Essex Florance M Hills Daughter F 2 Stepney, London Henry J Hills Son M 1 Canning Town, Essex Citing this Record "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9NH-2NK : 20 May 2019), Henry J Hills in household of Henry J Hills, West Ham, Essex, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Plaistow subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  8. FS 1911 Census
    Name: Henry J Hills
    Event Place: Barking, Essex, England, United Kingdom
    County: Essex
    Parish: Barking
    Sub-District: Barking Town
    Sub-District Number: 3 strict Number: 191 Enumeration District: 11
    Registration District: Romford
    Gender: Male
    Age: 32
    Marital Status: Married
    Marital Status (Original): MARRIED
    Occupation: PHOTOGRAPHER
    Number in Family: 7
    Birth Year (Estimated): 1879
    Birthplace: Norfolk
    Relationship to Head of Household: Head
    Schedule Type: 263 Page Number: 1 Registration Number: RG14 Piece/Folio: 531
    Affiliate Record Identifier: GBC/1911/RG14/09921/0531/1
    Household Role Sex Age Birthplace Henry J Hills Head M 32 Norfolk Susan H Hills Wife F 30 West Ham, Essex Florence Hills Daughter F 12 Mile End, Essex Henry Hills Son M 11 West Ham, Essex Frances Hills Daughter F 9 West Ham, Essex Minnie Hills Daughter F 7 West Ham, Essex William Hills Son M 3 Barking John Hills Son M 0 Barking Record Type: Household Line Number: 1
    Citing this Record
    "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWFT-GBL : 24 June 2019), John Hills in household of Henry J Hills, Barking, Essex, England, United Kingdom; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  9. Memory of Harry's Daughter. May who was 4 years old at the time told me this, she still remembered it clearly over 50 years later

  10. GRO Death
    Name: HILLS, HENRY JAMES
    Age at Death (in years): 73
    GRO Reference: 1952 J Quarter in STEPNEY
    Volume 05D Page 496
  11. FaG https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/116711345/henry-james-hills Henry James “Harry” Hills Birth 30 Jun 1878 Norfolk, England Death Jun 1952 (aged 73–74) Burial Rippleside Cemetery Barking, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Greater London, England Plot Grave 299 Section E

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Harry Hills used to get the train from Liverpool Street up to Norwich Thorpe and come out to visit us quite often when I was a child. In fact a few times my parents found him sitting on the lawn when they got home after being out, so they gave him a key to the bungalow. I have one vivid memory of him on Christmas Eve 1951 sitting at our table with the mincer mincing bread for the bread sauce my mother would make on Christmas Day. As a child of 2 the process fascinated me! He used to call me his 'Little Ladybird' and he let me play with his pocket watch. I loved his visits.
posted 21 Aug 2014 by Christine (Hills) Frost   [thank Christine]
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