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Charles Stevens HILL

Regimental number842
Place of birthEast Molseley, Surrey, England
Place of birthSurrey, England
SchoolEast Molseley National School, Surrey, England
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Hill 31 Spring Gardens, East Molesey, Surrey, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name1st Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularName given on RoH circular as Charles Stevens HILL. Served in the Church Lads' Brigade. Migrated to Australia alone.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 7), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Ellen HILL, 31 Spring Gardens, East Molesey, Surrey. England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Admitted to No 17 General Hospital, Alexandria, 1 May 1915 (gunshot wound, right hand); discharged to duty from Convalescent Camp, Mustapha.

Joined 1st Bn, Gallipoli, 12 June 1915.

Promoted Corporal, Mudros, 14 August 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, Gallipoli, 14 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 53rd Bn, 13 February 1916; taken on strength, 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 14 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Reported as missing in action, 19 July 1916.

Placed on Supernumerary List, 20 October 1916.

Statement by Sergeant A.L. Harrison, 2825, 53rd Bn, 'in the action of 19th July, 1916, I saw No.842 Sgt C.S. Hill killed in the enemy communication trench, by a hand grenade.'

Ruled as killed in action by the Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, 3rd Echelon, General Headquarters, British Expedtionary Force, 3 February 1917.

Translation of German report, 27 October 1919, 'Iden: Disc handed over by Intell: Off: with 6th Army H.Q. 12/10/16[.] Australian Soldier Sgt. C.S. Hill, 842, 53rd Btn. fell at Fromelles 19/7/16'.

Report from Australian Red Cross, Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, 15 October 1920, 'Hill C.S. Sergt. 842 53 Batl. A. L. C. O. E. Fell 19.7.16 near Fromelles. Final German Death List, S'.

Red Cross File No 1330803 has statement from 4735 J.A. AMEY, D Company, 53rd Bn (patient, 2nd Birmingham War Hospital), 24 February 1917: 'Informant ['Eyewitness: Yes'] states that on 19/7/16 at Fromelles Hill was killed by a shell. He was probably not buried.'

'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HILL Charles Stevens
Red Cross File No 1330803

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