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Harold Burnard Hillis
H.B. Hillis is a relative of mine who was killed in the Second World War. He was a Pvt. in the Highland Light Infantry of Canada who died at "Bloody" Buron on July 8, 1944.

Discovery

I was searching through the Canadian archives for photos to add to this very site when I came upon a photo of a man (a young man) who looked very much like me. I looked at the description and we had the same surname. So then I did a search on the Canadian War Memorial Website and "HILLIS, HAROLD BURNARD" turned up, listed killed in action 08/07/1944. When I saw where he was from, I knew that this man was related to me somehow as it is the town my fathers side of the family came from.

I had to shake my family tree up a bit to see who would fall out. After some nice people from a genealogy website provided me with alot of helpful information from census archives, I discovered a link between me an Harold.

After alot of confusion, I figured out that H.B. Hillis is my second cousin, twice removed... He is not in my direct branch, he is in the branch next to mine you could say.

The Tree
Thomas Hillis (my ggg grandfather), born in 1836 (Scotland) had many children. Two of his sons were George and John:
  • John Hillis, Born 1867, Ontario. Harolds branch
  • George Hillis, 1869, Ontario. My branch

John had John Nelson and J.N. had Harold Burnard.
George had William who had Douglas who had my Father, then me.

About Harold

Pte. H.B. Hillis using truck mirror for shaving in bomb shuttered garage.

Born: Ontario
Residence: Elmira, Ontario
Born: April 10, 1922
Trade: Wood Worker
 
Regiment: Highland Light Infantry of Canada, R.C.I.C.
Rank: Private
Killed: July 8, 1944 - Buron, France
 
Buried in Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetary.
 
"In life
loved and honoured
In death
always remembered."
 
 
Thanks to the Maple Leaf Legacy Project for the photograph of Harolds grave.

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