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Peter Hill

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Peter Hill
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 19 Nov 1916
Place of Birth Nairn, Scotland
Death 19 Nov 1941
Place of Death Of the coast north of Geraldton
Age at Enlistment 22 years, 10 months
Description 5'7¼ (1.70m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair
Religion Church of England
Address Fifth road, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Joyce Elizabeth Hill
Military Information
Reg Number F2145/16
Date of Enlistment 4 Sep 1939
Rank Able Seaman
Ships Served On
Ship Name HMAS Korowa
Tour Dates 19 Mar 1940 ‒ 9 Apr 1940
Ship Name HMS Havelock
Tour Dates Jul 1940 ‒ Nov 1940
Ship Name HMAS Sydney
Tour Dates 30 Nov 1940 ‒ 19 Nov 1941
Post War Details
Fate KIA HMAS Sydney 19 Nov 1941
Monument(s) Armadale War Memorial
External Monument(s) HMAS Sydney II Memorial Geraldton
Australian War Memorial Australian War Memorial
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45



Pre War

War Service

On 4 Sep 1939 he entered HMAS Cerberus V (Naval Reserve Fremantle) to begin training, and on 19 Mar 1940 he was posted as an Ordinary Seaman to HMAS Korowa an auxiliary minesweeper operating out of Fremantle. Peter remained with the Korowa until 9 Apr 1940, before returning to HMAS Cerberus V as an Able Seaman. On 23 Jul 1940 he was transferred to the London Depot and then to the shore establishment HMS Victory and then to the ship HMS Havelock based at HMS Victory II.


On 30 Nov 1940 he was posted to HMAS Sydney, then based in the Mediterranean, and served on it in those and Australian waters until its destruction on 19 Nov 1941 by the German raider Kormoran.


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