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George Henry HILLS

Regimental number10182
Place of birthEast Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolWesley College, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressEast Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, G H Hills, 33 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNo. 3 Australian General Hospital, 1st Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAwarded the Military Medal, 26 April 1918. Was also recommended for the Victoria Cross in October 1917 for conspicuous bravery in the field, according to Sergeant J. Francis Murphy, a fellow stretcher bearer. Lt Colonel A.R. Clayton wrote that 'his decoration of MM was well earned while rescuing a wounded man in a very brave and ingenious manner.'
FateKilled in Action 9 August 1918
Place of death or woundingHarbonnieres, France
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. II), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
182
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Mary HILLS, 25 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick, Victoria
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of 25th April, 1918, word was brought by a British Officer to the Car Loading Post near VILLERS BRETONNEUX where Lance Corporal HILLS was stationed, that a wounded man was lying in the gully, off the VILLERS BRETONNEUX FOUILLOY Road, in a shell hole. In company with three others, this N.C.O. (a stretcher bearer) took a stretcher and went searching. Enemy shelling at this spot was heavy at the time. After a while, they located a wounded man looking out of shell hole. An enemy sniper then opened on the party from the vicinity of VILLERS BRETONNEUX which we had captured a few hours previously. Crawling and dragging the stretcher they got to the shell hole, and started back, two men (one of them Lance Corporal HILLS) carrying. The first sniper was now reinforced by a second sniper, but they were evidently poor shots and the party safely returned to the Car Loading Post, where the man was properly dressed and evacuated. The gully is close to VILLERS BRETONEUX and under direct observation. All day on 25th April, 1918, I can testify that the enemy shelling was very severe hereabouts. On many other occasions this N.C.O. has gone searching for wounded, showing at all times great initiative and absolute fearlessness and endurance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No.

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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