A recent old photographic postcard find was this lovely image of a smartly dress young man which had written on the back Mr C HILLS, 34 Uckfield Road, Enfield Wash – could I find a family link?
I started by looking for the address on the 1911 census records and quickly found the HILLS family living at 34 Uckfield Road in Enfield, Edmonton, as below:
Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 7437; Schedule Number: 202 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census
The head of house was Thomas HILLS aged 49 living with his wife Laura Annie aged 48 and children Olive Hilda aged 24, Clifford Thomas Oswald aged 22, Ivy Kathleen aged 17, Vera Madeline aged 14 and Dora Edna aged 11 and I therefore believe that possibly my old photograph could be of Clifford Thomas Oswald HILLS.
Clifford was born on the 10th December 1888 and his birth was registered in the Orsett in Essex Registration District – I have also found him on the 1939 World war Registers, as below, living in Enfield, where his occupation is shown as a Skilled Labourer employed On Rifle Work At War Department. The 1911 census shows his occupation as a R S F A Viewer so Clifford was already working at the Royal Small Arms Factory before World War 1.
Source Citation: The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/753G Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1939 England and Wales Register
Enfield was well known for the production of guns and most well known for the Enfield Rifle and there is more information here Royal Small Arms Factory
Clifford’s father Thomas HILLS married Laura Annie MADDER in the July quarter of 1885 in the Orsett Essex Registration District.
Clifford Thomas Oswald HILLS died aged 73 in the April quarter of 1962 in Worthing in Sussex.
If you have a link to Clifford HILLS or his family please send me an email as it would be fantastic to reunite this lovely old photograph with a family member if possible.