Through the long night watches, telephone duty at White Horse Hotel, 1916
Mounted (ref: 4252)
Inscribed with title
Watercolour, 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (17 x 12 cm.)
P. J. Hill served with the 36th Company (D). This was part of the 20th Battalion (City of London) which was a Home Front only training battalion, and was not a battalion destined to go abroad. In each battalion there were approximately five companies consisting of 220 men of which Hill would have been one. Their responsibilities would have been to look after local areas, together with daily training. Some of the men would later be transferred to battalions overseas. Hill would have been well into his forties in 1915 and too old to serve overseas.
Fatigues (duties) would have been part of a daily routine - in this case looking after and protecting the landline and telephone exchange - the only means of communication -of the local Hotel where the Officers were billeted. This painting is likely to date to February 1916 on the basis of other known works by Hill..
21017 Private P.J. Hill, D Company, 20th Battalion, The County of London Regiment. Studied at Lambeth School of Art, St. Oswald's Place, Upper Kennington Lane. Resided at 6 Amott Road, Peckham Rye, London in 1895.
During the War, Hill had produced, a series of watercolours recording life on the Home Front as he moved around London and the Home Counties from Cromwell Gardens in Kensington to guard duty at Alexandra Palace,e from the Cliffe Fort in the village of Cliffe on the Hoo Peninsular in Kent, to Chislehurst (the White Horse Hotel) and Beckenham. Well into his 40s during the war he would have been too old to serve overseas.
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