Collection AR149 - John Kenneth Hill Photographs

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John Kenneth Hill Photographs


  • 1937; 1992 (Creation)

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1 vol

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(1918 - 1941)

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John Kenneth Hill was born in 1918 and lived in Craigan Avenue, Addiscombe, until the Hill family moved to Shirley Road in 1934. Around the age of 4 or 5, he developed polio, though within a few years was able to walk without the use of an iron splint. Both John and his brother Colin Hill attended Hadley House preparatory school and then went on to Whitgift. In 1934 John left school and became a junior Insurance Clerk for the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company.

John soon applied to join the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), but due to his impaired health from the polio was refused on his first application, but was then accepted on his second attempt in 1938.

Pilot Officer John Kenneth Hill was killed on 17 April 1941 when the bomber he was piloting came down in County Wicklow, Ireland, on return from a raid on Berlin. All four crew on board died in the crash.

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The album was donated to Croydon Archives Service by Colin Hill of Oxford, brother of John Kenneth Hill.

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Accession Number: A442

John Kenneth Hill photographs

Album of photographs taken 1937, and single mounted print of Outwood Mill, Merstham. Album contains mainly photographs of holidays in Cornwall, Kent and elsewhere; also Croydon Coronation illuminations and family portraits. Some include details of exposure. Background notes and brief biography of the photographer compiled by donor.

Item date: 1937

Depositor's Name: Hill, Colin

Accession date: Dec 1992

Administrative history: The Hill family lived at 189 Shirley Road, Croydon. John Kenneth Hill (b.1918, brother of the donor). He joined the RAF shortly after the outbreak of war, and was killed returning from a raid on Berlin in April 1941.

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Photograph album of various scenes taken by John Kenneth Hill together with an obituary written by his brother.

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