John Hill signature

On this day in 1915, John Hill enlisted in Brantford, Ontario. He was born in Tyendinaga on April 5th, 1896, the son of Isaac Hill and Elizabeth (née Maracle), who were Mohawks. In 1911 John and his sisters Maud and Meta were living in the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford.

When he signed up, John was described as five feet six and a half inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. He joined the 125th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the regimental number 772107. His service record shows that he sailed from Halifax on the SS Scandinavian on August 7th, 1916. Hill was transferred to the 1st Battalion in England in 1916 and was promoted to corporal in that battalion in February 1918.

John Hill married Bernice Brown on June 20th, 1923 in Cochrane, Ontario. He died in North Bay on May 20th, 1966.