Flight Sergeant - Royal Australian Air Force Service - 467 Squadron - No. 420566
Henry Outred Hillier was born on 5th September 1921 in Gravesend, Kent. His father was Henry Hillier, a Trinity House Pilot, and his mother was Margaret (née Cummings). The first school that he attended was Cecil Road School in Gravesend.
In 1932 Henry Hillier joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station (now the Victoria Centre for Education). In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists Henry’s address as 115 Old Road West, Gravesend. Whilst at the School, Henry was in Town House and he was awarded Half Colours for swimming. Two older brothers also attended the School, John (born 1919) and Robert (born 1920). In World War Two, John served in the Royal Corp of Signals and became a Prisoner of War in Germany. Robert served in the Merchant Navy as a Radio Officer.
In 1938 Henry left the School. He went to Australia in 1939, working on sheep stations in Queensland and New South Wales. Henry then enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force Service, Number 420566 and as a Flight Sergeant he joined 467 Squadron, flying Lancaster bombers.
On 30th July 1943, Henry Hillier was flying on a bombing raid from RAF Bottesford, towards Hamburg when his aircraft came down. He was 21 years old. He is remembered at Runnymede Memorial, Panel 193.
There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest: