Mary Lou, This is rather a long shot, but you might try it out. There are attestation papers for WW I service for HILL , ALFRED JOHN30/04/1874 Kingston, Ireland, a gardener, who lists his next of kin as Mrs. L. Hill of 260 Ferry Street, St. James, Wpg.The papers mention that he had a bullet wound in his left forearm.His left leg bowed below the knee, the result of a wound with explosive bulllet as well as a tattoo on his forearm of a snake eating fruit out of a basket of flowers!Does this ring any bells with your family?Also he had fought in the South African War.
If so, then in the 1881 British census there is a William & Mary who had a child Alfred or about the right age born Ireland. William HILL Head M Male 40ScotlandBrushmaker Mary HILLWifeMFemale39Ireland William HILL Son U Male19IrelandShip Steward John HILLSonUMale13IrelandScholar Alfred HILLSonUMale6IrelandScholar James HILLSonUMale3Ireland Albert Edward HILL SonMale4 mLeeds, York, England Dwelling9 Circus Street Census PlaceLiverpool, Lancashire, England Family History Library Film1341869 Public Records Office ReferenceRG11 Piece / Folio3630 / 133 Page Number7
You might ask someone to look up the Winnipeg Henderson Directories for 1913-14 and later, to see where Alfred lived.