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Hill, E.I.


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Little Britain Boy

Grave in France is portrayed in colour photo on front page

Editor pays tribute to fallen Canadians

The following article taken from Maclean’s Magazine with reference to the special remembrance day cover bearing the picture of the grave in France at Caen, of Bdr. Everett I. Hill of Little Britain, Ontario, is particularly in keeping with Armistice Day observance.


It will be remembered that shortly after Bdr. E.I. Hill fell in the battle for Caen a memorial service was held in his honour at Little Britain and that during this service special mention was made of the shrine which had been erected in his honour.


The Post is privileged to carry this further tribute to a gallant soldier:


THE FRENCH
WILL NEVER FORGET
THE CANADIANS

Rest in peace under the beautiful sky of France,
Son of Canada and glorious martyr.
You have given your life for our deliverance --
May your name be forever blessed in Heaven.

So reads the epitaph on the grave pictured in our Remembrance Day cover – the grave of a Canadian fallen at Caen.


Long months ago Bombardier E.I. Hill left his home in the quiet rural village of Little Britain in southern Ontario to fight for freedom. He fought and fell – fell in the battle which delivered France from Nazi evil. And Caen, which bled and was battered in the delivery, uses the very stones of its destruction to mark his falling; finds flowers in its ruins to carpet his grave, poetry in its heart to hymn his sacrifice.

Repose en paix sous le beau ciel de France,
Enfant du Canada et martyr glorieux.
Tu as donne ta vie pour notre deliverance --
Que ton nom soit beni a jamais dans les cieux.

Credit for the photograph goes to Lieutenant G.K. (Ken) Bell, official photographer, Canadian Army. Lieut. Bell is from Toronto, where before enlisting he was the director of a commercial photographic studio.


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Death
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Gunner Everitt Ivan Hill enlisted with the Royal Canadian Artillery on 24 March 1941, training at Brantford, Petawawa, and Debert (N.S.). He proceeded overseas on 21 October 1941 and on D-Day went to France and through to Caen, Normandy where he paid the supreme sacrifice at Caen.


He was buried where he fell, and a shrine was built over the grave where the townspeople came to kneel and say prayers of thanksgiving for their liberation. They dropped coins in and offering box there, the fund was used to build a permanent memorial in honour of all Canadians who fell at Caen.

Publisher:
Lindsay Post
Date of Publication:
11 Nov 1944
Date Of Event:
18 Jul 1944
Subject(s):
Personal Name(s):
Everitt Ivan Hill ; Everitt Hill
Collection:
World War II Service Files
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.28342 Longitude: -78.86628
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Hill, E.I.


Gunner Everitt Ivan Hill enlisted with the Royal Canadian Artillery on 24 March 1941, training at Brantford, Petawawa, and Debert (N.S.). He proceeded overseas on 21 October 1941 and on D-Day went to France and through to Caen, Normandy where he paid the supreme sacrifice at Caen.


He was buried where he fell, and a shrine was built over the grave where the townspeople came to kneel and say prayers of thanksgiving for their liberation. They dropped coins in and offering box there, the fund was used to build a permanent memorial in honour of all Canadians who fell at Caen.