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PEEKING INTO THE PAST: Walter B. Hill

Walter B. Hill was born in Big Lick on Dec. 25, 1888 (or possibly 1891). By 1907, he was working for the Stanly Enterprise newspaper in Albemarle.

Late in 1915, Hill moved to Greensboro to work for the Greensboro Patriot newspaper. But he was back with the newspaper in Albemarle by April 1916. In October of the same year, he moved to Winston-Salem to work for the Medearis Rubber Stamp Works.

Hill joined the Army during World War I and was sent to Europe in late August 1918. In October/November, as part of the 321st Infantry, he was fighting at the Battle of the Argonne Forest in France. (This battle was the deadliest battle in United States history until the Battle of Normandy in World War II.)

Walter B. Hill was killed the morning of Nov. 11, 1918, approximately one hour before the armistice was signed that ended World War I. His body was returned to the United States in July 1921, and he was buried at Fairview Cemetery on Aug. 1, 1921.

{Lewis Bramlett – Stanly County Historical Society}