William Rickards Hills (Bill) was born on June 18, 1908 at Barking, Greater London, England. He was the son of Harry Hills and Sue Hall He was the last of the family to marry and continued to live with his parents above the family shop after all the others had left home. During the war (1939-1945) he worked as a plumber, but he spent most of his life working in the family shop. After both his parents had died on January 23, 1955 he married Kathleen Mary Connor at St. Ethelburga's Catholic Church in Barking. They moved to Hornchurch where Bill lived for the rest of his life. They did not have any children. Bill and his wife both worked in the shop in Barking. The family home was demolished in the 1960s and replaced by a lock up shop on the other side of the road. Bill worked there until his retirement, They were well known for gramophone records, but also did coach bookings and theatre bookings. Bill died very suddenly of a brain haemorrhage on September 14, 1990. He was cremated at the South Essex Crematorium Sunday, August 17, 2014 and his ashes were interred at Barking Cemetery in the grave of his parents.
Name William Rickards Hills
Event Type Birth Registration
Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration Year 1908
Registration District Romford
Event Place Romford, Essex, England
Volume 4A Page 606A Line Number 75
Citing this Record
"England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FJB-GZT : accessed 25 May 2016), William Rickards Hills, 1908; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Romford, Essex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
Name: William R Hills
Spouse : Kathleen M Connor
Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1955
Registration district: Ilford Inferred County: Essex Volume Number: 5a Page Number: 950
Name: William Rickards Hills
Birth Date: 18 Jun 1908
Date of Registration: Sep 1990
Age at Death: 82
Registration district: Havering Inferred County: Essex Volume: 13 Page: 343
Name William Rickards Hills
Event Type Burial
Event Date 1990
Event Place Barking, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Greater London, England
Photograph Included Y
Birth Date 18 Jun 1908
Death Date 14 Sep 1990
Affiliate Record Identifier 116760299
Cemetery Rippleside Cemetery Citing this Record
"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGH-YBRW : accessed 25 May 2016), William Rickards Hills, 1990; Burial, Barking, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Greater London, England, Rippleside Cemetery; citing record ID 116760299, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
See also Image of 1911 census
First-hand information as remembered by Christine Frost
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