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William GREENHILL

Regimental number1956
Place of birthTallangatta Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationHorsebreaker
AddressCorryong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Thomas Greenhill, Corryong, Victoria
Enlistment date17 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "April 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Near BEAUMETZ on the 24th March, 1917, during the attack by the 59th Battalion on the quarry near this village - Trooper GREENHILL was one of a Light Horse patrol watching the flanks. Just as the order to withdraw was given the horse ridden by a Corporal ROBERTSON was killed. Trooper GREENHILL noticing this promptly galloped back a short distance under heavy fire and gave ROBERTSON a stirrup, thus assisting him to run on foot until becoming exhausted Sergeant CALLANDEN galloped back and gave him his horse. The prompt action of Private GREENHILL undoubtedly saved the life of Corporal ROBERTSON.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 35898 Gunner Jack Dickson GREENHILL, 8th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 3 July 1919; 214 Pte Robert GREENHILL, 13th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 11 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 May 1968
Place of burialCorryong Cemetery

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