Robert HILL

Regimental number1591
Place of birthLillimur, Victoria
SchoolRiverside State School, Victoria
Other trainingInternational Correspondence School
ReligionChurch of Christ
AddressHallam's Road, Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 9.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Hill, 190 Moray Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Senior Cadets; 1 year (as Sergeant) in the13th Light Horse Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name31st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death20.7
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents:George and Mary HILL, 206 Albion Street, Brunswick West, Victoria. Native of Horsham
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 5 November 1915; disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Taken on strength of 31st Bn and reverts to the rank of Private, Serapeum, 12 December 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, Serapeum, 29 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Reported as 'believed killed', 20 July 1916.

Reported as 'killed in action, 20 July 1916', 28 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1331010, 699 Sergeant-Major A.E. HYNES, 31st Bn (patient, No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen), 20 March 1917: 'At Fleurbaix he was killed by M.G. Fire (sic) and the next day he and nineteen others were buried together. He was my mate and the Sgt. gave me the names of all those he had seen buried.'

Second statement, 577 Pte O.J. ALSBURY, 31st Bn: 'Cpl. Hill was killed by gunfire on 19th July '16 at Fleurbaix and was buried the following day in [the] Military Cemetery at Fleurbaix and [a] cross was erected over grave.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFather's address subsequently 190 Moray Street, South Melbourne, Victoria; then, Hallams Road, Gippsland, Victoria; then Werona Road, Murrumbeena (January 1917); then 206 Albion Street, Brunswick West, Victoria (15 June 1920); then Colchester Road, Kilsyith, Croydon, Victoria (11 July 1922)
SourcesNAA: B2455, HILL Robert
Red Cross file 1331010