Allen Eglinton HILLAM

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HILLAM, Allen Eglinton

Service Number: 7357
Enlisted: 20 February 1917, at Junee
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Pirie, South Australia, 2 April 1886
Home Town: Junee, Junee, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 22 March 1918, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Hooge Crater Cemetery
Hooge Crater Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, Menenstraat, 8902 Ieper, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Illabo War Memorial, Junee Reefs War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Feb 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 7357, 3rd Infantry Battalion, at Junee
10 May 1917: Involvement Private, SN 7357, 3rd Infantry Battalion
10 May 1917: Embarked Private, SN 7357, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Melbourne
22 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 7357, 3rd Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Birth Details

Name: Allan Eglinton Hillam
Birth Date: 2 Apr 1886
Birth Place: Baroota
Registration Place: Frome, South Australia, Australia
Father: John Hillam
Mother: Marion Eglinton Snodgrass
Page Number: 13
Volume Number: 373

 

 Genealogy

Surname:HILLAM
Given Names:Allan Eglinton
Gender:M
Father:John HILLAM
District:Frome
Book/Page:373/13
Birth Year:1886

 

 

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Biography contributed by Heathfield High School

Allen Eglington Hillam was born in Port Pirie, South Australia on the second of April 1886. He was the son of John and Marion Eglinton (Snodgrass) Hillam and was one of 9 children.

In 1900 Allen and his family moved to NSW. They bought a farm in Sandy Creek but after devastating bush fires moved to Junee reefs.

Following in his father footsteps Allen become a farmer. He was an Australian born British subject belonging to the Presbyterian church. He was a tall man with fair hair and blue eyes and was married to Eva Emsley with which they had no children.

In Junee NSW on the 20th of February 1917 Allen was enlisted in the 3rd battalion AIF as a private ranked soldier. He was 30 years old when he took the official oath, committing to serve throughout the entirety of the war plus 4 months after.

His battalion first embarked from Melbourne in May 1917. They set sail journeying across the seas by boat for 11 weeks until arriving at Plymouth, England.  That is where they stayed for just over 3 and a half months before proceeding overseas to France. They arrived in Havre, France on the 21st of November 1917 staying for just 2 days before marching out to unit.

On the 26th of November 1917 Allen and his battalion were taken on strength from reinforcements.

The next year on the on the 22nd of March 1918 Allen was killed in Action in Belgium. Allen was 32 when he died and served as a soldier for just over a year. He will be remembered for his contribution and willingness to serve Australia in World War 1.

Bibliography

-  “Allan Eglinton Hillam.” Www.awm.gov.au, www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1631683. Accessed 17 Nov. 2021.

-  “HILLAM Allen Eglinton : Service Number - 7357 : Place of Birth - Port Pirie SA : Place of Enlistment - Junee NSW : Next of Kin - (Wife) HILLAM Eva Annie.” National Archives of Australia, 1914, recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=5455149&S=1&R=0. Accessed 17 Nov. 2021    

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