The AIF Project

James Charles HILL

Regimental number2516
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLetter carrier
AddressIrrigation Area, Hay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, J Hill, Irrigation Area, Hay, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Conspicuous gallantry as linesman in maintaining communications under heavy fire.'
Recommendation date: 26 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on POLYGON WOOD on 20th September, 1917, Sapper HILL displayed conspicuous gallantry in carrying out his duties as linesman. For the first 24 hours of the attack he continuously patrolled the line connecting Brigade Headquarters with the Brigade forward station over ground which was subjected to very heavy enemy shell fire with the result that constant communication was maintained between these two points. He remained on duty 48 hours without rest or sleep and rendered very valuable service.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Print format