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Davis Hilhouse EAGLESHAM

Regimental number3952
Place of birthDalry, Ayrshire, Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationTailor
AddressMain Street, Kyogle, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 2.5"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Agnes Eaglesham, 48 Sheron Street, Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 December 1915
Place of enlistmentLismore, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT Wandilla on 31 January 1916
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
148
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Son of John EAGLESHAM and his wife Janet HILLHOUSE; husband of Agnes EAGLESHAM, 60 Union Street, Erskinville, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 49th Bn, Serapeum, Egypt, 2 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 September 1916, and admitted to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (shrapnel wound, left arm); transferred to No 16 Ambulance Train, 6 September 1916; to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Boulogne, 7 September 1916; to England, 8 September 1916; to Edmonton Military Hospital, 8 September 1916; (shrapnel wounds, back and left arm; severe); to No 2 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 24 October 1916; marched into No 1 Convalescent Depot, Perham Downs, 27 October 1916.

Granted furlough, 28 October 1916.

Found guilty, 18 November 1916, of being absent from 1500 hours, 11 November 1916, until 1000 hours, 13 November 1916: awarded 7 days' confined to camp, and forfeits 3 days' pay by Royal Warrant.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 14 November 1916.

Marched out of No 1 Command Depot for guard duty at Bhurtpore Downs, 16 November 1916.

Found guilty, 12 February 1917, of failing to salute an Officer: award, forfeits 3 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 June 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 5 June 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 23 June 1917; rejoined 49th Bn, 25 June 1917.

Killed in action, 5 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, EAGLESHAM Davis Hilhouse

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