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Reginald Valentine HILL

Regimental number275
Place of birthMooroopna Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrocer
AddressNorthcote Street, Mooroopna, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, W Hill, Mooroopna, Victoria
Enlistment date22 August 1913
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order


Recommendation date: "5 and 10 October 1918"

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'During the operations near Bellicourt, from 30th September to 2nd October, 1918, he displayed most conspicuous courage and leadership. He led a charge against an enemy machine gun strong post, mopped up the garrison of about twenty, and captured three machine guns. Shortly after this he and his party of six men came across a double entrance dug out, manned with a machine gun at each entrance. Here he personally shot three men with his revolver, and accounted for a total of fifteen and captured two guns. He did magnificent work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 August 1928
Place of burialMaroopna Cemetery, Victoria

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