William Spencer Hill. He had been born 5 December 1885 at Kingswood, Bristol, England, his birth was registered in Keynsham in early 1886. In 1901, he was listed as a coal hewer living at Forge Rise in Aberystruth, Wales, with his parents, two brothers and three sisters, the oldest of whom, Harry, had been born about 1882 in Kingswood. There is a chance his parents were the William Hugh Hill and Jane Edwards who had married at Cardiff in the second quarter of 1881. In 1911, he lived in Llanhillet parish, Pontypool, Wales, and was listed as a collier hewer. He was one of the Gwent singers. His parents were William, a bootmaker born about 1857 in Porth, Glamorganshire, and Jane Hill, born about 1858 in Brynmawr, Brecknockshire. He came to Quebec 26 August 1914, having travelled 2nd class on the Andania. He was described as being 27 years old, unmarried, a native of Bristol, and a pianist by occupation. His last permanent resident had been Aberbeeg, Wales. His father was William Hill, who lived at St. Elmo in Aberbeig, Wales. He was bound for Pittsburg, c/o his uncle George Davis (at the Druids Office in that city). He was 5’8”, had dark complexion, dark hair and brown eyes. The Cunard Line listed his point of origin simply as ‘Wales.’ He survived the sinking of the Lusitania. He died in 1947.
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