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William Hill (1852 - 1932)

William was a well known and successful journalist, working on a number of newspapers.

William was born on 28th March 1852 at Camden Lane, Tynemouth, Tyneside. 

He married Elizabeth Young at St Mark’s, Millfield, Durham (see photo on the left) on 15th January 1884.  Elizabeth had been born in 1861 at 1 Infirmary Road, Sunderland, County Durham.  Both her parents were Scottish and they had married in Annan, Dumfries.  Her father was a coal trimmer, journeyman and cotton handloom weaver.

They had two children, William Hill, born 10 Belvedere Cottages, Wimbledon in 1886, and Jane Hill born Seaham Harbour, Durham in 1888.   Probably soon after this they moved down to Dulka Road, Battersea on the 1891 census, and then, before the next census, they had moved to 15 Old Park Avenue, Battersea where they would live for the last 40 odd years of their lives.  The 1911 census discloses that the property had nine rooms so it was quite large.  They employed one servant.  The photo on the right is of the house taken from Google Street Maps.

William entered journalism as a boy and became well respected, working on a number of papers including the ill fated Tribune which was owned by Lord Northfleet.  The Tribune was only printed between about 1906 and 1908 and William was Editor in Chief.

William died at 15 Old Park Avenue, Battersea on 12th November 1932 and his funeral took place at Streatham Park Cemetary.  His wife died four years later.

According to his obituary in The Times on 15th November 1932, William was a lifelong Liberal and one of the oldest members of The National Liberal Club.  He was a constant worker in the cause of industrial peace and equally earnest for international peace.  He was Honorary secretary of the peace crusade “after the Tsar’s initiative”.   A short report of his funeral also appeared in The Times three days later.

Present at his funeral were his son, William, who had deserted his wife 10 years earlier and his sister Jane, who appears to have been known as Jennie.  His granddaughter Peggy, who would have been in her early 20’s, was not listed as being present.

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