From Hill to Hill Part 1
Craftsman Albert Hill Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers
1939-45 Star. Defence Medal. War Medal 1939-45. Efficiency Medal 'Territorial'.
The Man Little detail is known about Albert Hill, except that he was born on 15th May 1918 in Ecclesall, Sheffield, son of John Hill and Minnie nee Smith. He lived with his mother 27 Portland Street, Upperthorpe, Sheffield. Albert’s Father was in the Royal Artillery during Word War I and died in 1919 aged 24 when Albert was only 1. Albert joined the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers,Territorial Army service number 7598065. He was called up during World War II and it seems he was injured and invalided out, receiving the King’s Badge. Albert died in Sheffield during the second quarter of 1983.
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The King’s Badge
Was a large silver pin to be worn only on civilian clothing. It was issued by the British government to persons who served after World War II was declared, on September 3, 1939, and who were discharged through injury due to war service. Its basic purpose was to show that the wearer was a veteran. Included among the eligible were members of the armed forces, the merchant navy, fishing fleets, Coast Guard, police, Civil Defence Services, and Home Guard.
Like the better known Silver War Badge of World War I, the King's Badge included the initials GRI for Georgius Rex Imperator, in this case referring to King-Emperor George VI. (The earlier badge was in the name of his father, George V.) The wording around the initials was also changed from For King and Empire Services Rendered to For Loyal Service. While it did come with a certificate, the King's Badge was not serially numbered.
- 1939-45 Star: Unnamed as issued
- Defence Medal: Unnamed as issued
- War Medal 1939-45: Unnamed as issued
- Efficiency Medal: 1466818. SJT. 7598065 CFN.A.HILL. R.E.M.E.
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