Sidney Herbert Hill

Sidney, younger brother of Charles, was born in Ivybridge on 23 Jul 1892 and lived in the family home at 25 Galpin Street, Modbury. Sidney had seven siblings and attended Modbury Infant School from Jul 1895 to Apr 1898.  Iinitially he worked as an agricultural labourer before becoming a butcher. His sister married John Borne who died of his wounds on 24 Jan 1919.

Samuel and Elizabeth Hill receiving telegram from the King on their Diamond Wedding anniversary. Delivered by huntsman Leonard Farley. Samuel and Elizabeth Hill lost 2 sons (Charles and Sidney) at the Battle of Jutland.

Sidney joined the Royal Navy in 1912, and served alongside his brother as a Leading Stoker on HMS Indefatigable, an Invincible Class battlecruiser, that was sunk on 31st May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of the war. By the end of the war, Samuel and Elizabeth Hill would lose 2 sons and their son-in-law, John Borne.

HMS Indefatigable

Part of Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty’s Battlecruiser Fleet, HMS Indefatigable was hit several times in the first minutes of the “Run to the South”, the opening phase of the battlecruiser action. At 1600 hrs, shells from the German battlecruiser Von der Tann caused an explosion ripping a hole in her hull, and a second explosion hurled large pieces of the ship 200 feet in the air. Only two of the crew of 1,019 survived. The most likely cause of her loss was an explosion in ‘X’ magazine that blew out her bottom and severed the steering control shafts, followed by the explosion of her forward magazines from the second volley. Von der Tann fired only fifty-two 11 in shells at Indefatigable before she exploded. Two survivors, Able Seaman Frederick Arthur Gordon Elliott and Leading Signalman Charles Farmer, were rescued by the German torpedo boat S16. Mount Indefatigable in the Canadian Rockies was named after the battlecruiser in 1917. Sidney was aged 24, and is listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Born:23 Jul 1882
Where Born:Modbury
Address:25 Galpin Street, Modbury
Marital Status:
OccupationAgricultural labourer.
Next of Kin:One of eight children of Samuel and Elizabeth Hill, Brother of Charles Hill.
Service:Royal Navy
Service Number:K/14449
RankLeading Stoker
UnitHMS Indefatigable
Died On:31st May 1916
Where Buried:At Sea
Memorial:Plymouth Naval Memorial
RemarksModbury Infant School Jul 1895 - Apr 1898