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Ernest HILL

Regimental number2425
Place of birthCutcomlee, Somerset, England
SchoolCutcomleee School, nr Taunton, Somerset, England
Age on arrival in Australia36
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 5.25"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Stone, Cutcomlee, Taunton, Somersetshire, England
Previous military serviceServed in the British Army (Devonshire Infantry) in India and in the South African War (at Ladysmith).
Enlistment date2 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 14 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas one of the last three in the trenches during the evacuation from Gallipoli. (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death39
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. II), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Mary STONE (formerly HILL), Luckwell Bridge, Wheddon Cross, Somerset, England, and the late John HILL
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Promoted to Temporary Sergeant, Composite Company, 9th Bn, Gallipoli, 1 October 1915.

Joined 2nd Bn, Gallipoli, 31 October 1915, and reverted to the rank of Private.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915.

Promoted to Lance Corporal, Tel el Kebir, 8 January 1916.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 12 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 1 March 1916; Sergeant, 1 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19/20 July 1916.

Buried at Eaton Hall Cemetery by Reverend James Green, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HILL Ernest

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