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Reuben James HILLIER

Regimental number2417
Date of birth1891
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressExeter, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, William James Hillier, Exeter, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross (Altered to Distinguished Conduct Medal)


Recommendation date: 12 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Reuben spelt Rubin
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Early in the attack he had two fingers of his right hand shot off, but he continued at duty, always taking the lead. Near the final objective, single handed, he put out of action an enemy machine gun which had held up part of the advance. Though wounded twice more, he worked energetically at the consolidation of the position, and going out on patrol he received a fourth wound, which put him out of action. He showed magnificent courage and cheerfulness, as well as good leadership, and his fearlessness and devotion to duty under heavy fire had a most inspiring influence on all with whom he came in contact.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Medaille Militaire (France)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Bronze Medal for Military Valour (Italy)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Medaille Militaire (France), Bronze Medal for Military Valour (Italy), British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 July 1980
Age at death89
Place of burialWelby Cemetery, New South Wales

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