Pte
Robert Hillhouse

Information about birth

Date of birth:
17/02/1887
Place of birth:
Shettleston, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Army information

Country:
Scotland, United Kingdom
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
21605
Enlistment place:
Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Units:
 —  Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1st Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
27/09/1917
Place of death:
Stirling Castle, Zillebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
30

Memorial

Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 69

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal
Medal — 05/05/1920
Victory Medal
Medal — 05/05/1920

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 ‘Place of death’

My story

Private Robert Hillhouse served in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1st Battalion, part of the 19th Brigade, of the 33rd Division. The 33rd Division participated in the Battle of Polygon Wood (26 September – 3 October), part of the Third Battle of Ypres.

The Division attacked with the 100th and 98th Brigade on the 26th of September. It advanced from Veldhoek towards the village of Geluveld, along the northern side of the Menin Road. The 1st Battalion of the Cameronians was in reserve near Stirling Castle. At 4 a.m. all Companies of the Battalion were sent up. “A” Company was to support the 1st/4th King’s (Liverpool Regiment), of the 98th Brigade while “B” Company was to support and reinforce the 1st Battalion of the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). “C” and “D” Companies remained in reserve near Inverness Copse.

When the Queen’s had been halted by a German strongpoint, “B” Company assisted the Queen’s by storming and capturing the German pillbox. After two failed German counterattacks during the afternoon, “C” and “D” Companies were also ordered to move up and they set up a strongpoint astride the Menin Road to the Northwest of Inverness Copse in case any other counterattacks developed. On the 27th of September 1917 the 1st Cameronians moved back to positions in the vicinity of Stirling Castle and Jam Support. German shelling was very heavy throughout the day.

Private Robert Hillhouse was killed in action on the 27th of September 1917. He possibly fell victim, due to the German shelling near Stirling Castle. His remains were not found or were never identified and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Files 2

Sources 5

"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 83-86.
Sources used
Ancestry
http://home.ancestry.co.uk/
Further reference
CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/836617/hillhouse,-robert/
Sources used
The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
Sources used
War Diary Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1st Bn.
http://www.nmarchive.com/
Further reference