Spalding and Market Deeping men receive military honours

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Two local men had been given high military honours in 1916.

One of them was Lieut-Colonel Edward Hilliam and the other was the Rev P O Ashby, rector of Market Deeping.

Lieut-Col Hilliam, son of Mrs Hilliam, of Cowbit Road, Spalding, who was serving with the Canadian Contingent at the front, had been awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).

Mr Ashby, who was Chaplain to the 1/4th Lincs Regiment (TF), and was serving in France, had been given the Military Cross.

One of the Spalding officer’s brothers was Arthur Hilliam, of St Thomas’s Road, Spalding, and another was Dr Hilliam, of Wyke. He also had sisters living at home.

Edward had enlisted in the 17th Lancers in 1883 and subsequently became a commissioned officer in that regiment.

In 1893 he had gone to Canada, soon afterwards joining the North-West Mounted Police as a superintendent.

He had re-joined the Army on the outbreak of the Boer War, coming over as a captain in the Canadian Scouts under General Remington.

The report reads: “He fought all through the Boer War, and although he had five horses shot under him during that campaign, and his rifle broken in his hands, he only sustained two slight wounds in his leg.”

After the war he stayed on as captain in the South African Constabulary, responsible for guarding Joseph Chamberlain when he visited Pretoria.

On the outbreak of the First World War he was back in Canada and was given his old rank of captain. He was with the Canadian troops in their “historic fight and charge” near Ypres. Later, a bullet hit his left lung, but the captain returned to the front as soon as he recovered and was subsequently promoted.