Private A. Dryburch disembarked with the 8th (Service) Battalion Gordon Highlanders on the 10th of May 1915 in France. He served with the regiment till 3 April 1919. He is possibly the brother of Serjeant J. Dryburch who was with the same regiment and battalion killed in action on 30 May 1916, both men's serial number is sequential. Serjeant J. Dryburch is buried at Vermelles Military Cemetery and was the son of Alexander and Elizabeth Dryburgh.
Private John Hills enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders on the outbreak of the war under the command of Lt. Col. Neish and second in command Bt. Col W.E. Gordon. He landed on 13 august 1914 in France and suffered the same faith as 500 of his comrades during the battle at Le Cateau where he became a prisoner of war.
John Hills was born on 9 May 1892 as the first son and second child of Charles Hills and Susan Dick. He had two older and two younger sisters. His older sister Susan was born in Ireland, while the rest of the family was born in Edinburgh. John received in 1897 his younger brother Robert and two years later his second brother. He studied at Latchmere School in Edinburgh and admission on 10 January 1898.
John got enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders and was incorporated in C Company when the battalion left for France. From 19 December 1914 till 26 February 1916 he was registered as a prisoner at Sennelager in Münster on the outskirts of Paderborn.
On 3 January 1917, John was registered as a prisoner at Königsbrück in Dresden. It is believed that Private Hills survived the war and returned to England.
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