John Holroyd HILL MID, DSC (US)

Badge Number: 24572

HILL, John Holroyd

Service Number: 3347
Enlisted: 30 December 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Woodville, South Australia , 24 December 1889
Home Town: Hahndorf, Mount Barker, South Australia
Schooling: Hahndorf College then St Peter's College
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: South Australia , 19 February 1945, aged 55 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: West Terrace Cemetery (General) Adelaide, South Australia
Memorials: Hackney St Peter's College Honour Board, Tusmore Burnside District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

30 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1
10 Feb 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3347, 50th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Seang Bee embarkation_ship_number: A48 public_note: ''
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 50th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days", Awarded US Distinguished Service Cross for actions with the US 30th Division near Bony.
28 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 3347, 50th Infantry Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal
Date unknown: Wounded 50th Infantry Battalion

Distinguished Service Cross (USA) Citation

For extraordinary heroism in action north-west of Bony, France, 29th September, 1918. While attached to a battalion of the 107th American Infantry, Lieut. Hill exposed himself to heavy fire in order to mark off the jumping-off line. He assisted in forming the men for the attack and gallantly led them forward until he was severely wounded in the leg.

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Teacher and Soldier
Mr John Holroyd Hill, acting head master of St. Peter's CollIege Adelaide, who died yesterday after a brief illness, was born at Woodville on December 24 1899.
He was a son of Mr. John Hill, of Blakiston, and of Wistaston, England.
In 1931 John was acting head master during the absence of Archdeacon Bickersteth; again in 1934 and 1939, and again since the departure of Rev. Guy Pentreath last year.
He enlisted in the A.I.F. in 1915, and was promoted to commissioned rank lri the field in France in 1917. He was mentioned in despatches, and in 1918 was attached as an advising officer, to the 107th New York Regiment of the American Expeditionary Force.
Wounded three times, he was awarded the American Distinguished Service Gross for gallantry. Mr. Hill continued service with the A.M.F. after his return from the war. He retired from the service with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. (