George Alfred Hill
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|Date of Birth||27 Aug 1898|
|Place of Birth||Bellevue, Western Australia|
|Death||6 Feb 1962, aged 64|
|Place of Death||Maniana (Queens Park), Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years, 2 months|
5'6" (1.68m) tall ; 125lbs|
56.699 kg; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; fair hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Maddington, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Arthur H Hill|
|Date of Enlistment||7 Nov 1916|
|Unit/Formation||Field Artillery Brigade, March 1917 Reinforcements allocated to 37th Battery, transferred to 4th Division Ammunition Column.|
|Date of Embarkation||11 May 1917 ‒ 20 Jul 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A11 Ascanius|
|Date of Return||2 Jan 1919 ‒ 10 Feb 1919|
|Ship Returned On||SS Karmala|
WIA 13 Oct 1918 |
Returned to Australia
|Monument||Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll|
British War Medal |
Parental permission to enlist contained a request that he not serve outside Australia until after his 19th birthday. This condition was later withdrawn when he was returned to Black Boy Hill.
Three days after entering camp, George was allocated to artillery reinforcements, and from 21 Mar to 10 May 1917 he was in Victoria receiving advanced training at the Maribyrnong Camp. On his final day on the camp he was appointed a Driver. Parental permission to enlist contained a request that he not serve outside Australia until after his 19th birthday. This condition was later withdrawn when he was returned to Black Boy Hill.
George travelled to England from Victoria, and on arrival was posted to the No.3 camp at Lark Hill as part of the 3rd Training Battery. Prior to arrival, while at sea he was charged with 'Neglect of Duty' (undefined) and was awarded 7 days Confined to Barracks. On 18 Dec 1917 he was charged with 'Disobedience of RRO (Regimental Routine Orders) in that he was found with a lighted candle In his hut after "lights out" had sounded.' Found guilty he was awarded 5 days Field Punishment No.2.
George proceeded overseas to France through Southampton on 9 Jan 1918. On 19 Jan 1918 he was taken on strength by the 4th Division Ammunition Column. On 27 Apr 1918 he was unwell and was sent to hospital, passing through the hands of the 6th Casualty Clearing Station on 28 Apr 1918, the 7th Canadian General Hospital from 30 Apr 1918 and the 6th Convalescent Depot from 3 to 5 May 1918. George returned to duty on 6 May 1918.
From 6 Sep 1918 George was temporarily detached to the 11th Field Artillery Brigade. While with them he was wounded on 13 Oct 1918 when the 11th Field Artillery Brigade was firing in support of American troops. Three enlisted men were wounded that day when German 4.2 inch artillery fired on the Brigade HQs. George being one of these casualties. Treated by the 48th Casualty Clearing Station, he was placed aboard an ambulance train for Rouen where he was admitted to the 9th General Hospital on 15 Oct 1918. Three days later on 18 Oct 1918 he was evacuated to England aboard HMHS Guildford Castle. On arrival in England, the next day he was admitted to the 2nd Southern General Hospital in Bristol.
Discharged to the care of the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital on 20 Nov 1918, he was then granted furlough from 2 - 16 Dec 1918 after which he reported to the No.1 Command Depot, and soon after began his return to Australia.
Discharged at 5th Military District on 12 May 1919.
On 27 May 1922 George married Jessie Turnbull (1901 - 3 Aug 1982) in Maddington. Son George born 1920, and daughter Thelma Joyce on 11 Feb 1931.
Electoral Roll entries: 1921 at 119 Eighth avenue, Maylands, warehouse employee; 1936 - 1937 at 19 Buxton street, Balkatta, labourer; 1943 at 80 Edinboro street, Leederville, 1949 at 185 Kooyong road, South Belmont, clerk; 1954 at 276 Kooyong road Rivervale, clerk; 1958 at 102 Swann street, Tuart Hill, mowing contractor;