James William Henry HILL


HILL, James William Henry

Service Number: 1540
Enlisted: 14 April 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion
Born: South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 14 August 1895
Home Town: Albert Park, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Printer
Died: Killed In Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 26 August 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval
Plot 3, Row C, Grave 4. (Remains discovered 1936) , London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1540, 21st Infantry Battalion
28 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1540, 21st Infantry Battalion
28 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1540, 21st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

James Hill served on Gallipoli from the end of August 1915 with the 21st Battalion. He was shot in the thigh a week before Christmas and evacuated. 

He was killed in action at Mouquet Farm on the 26 August 1916, a witness stating he was buried by shellfire in a trench. 

The Commonwealth War Graves recovered a body in 1936 from near Pozieres, with several rings on the hand, and after a lengthy investigation they determined it to be the remains of James WH Hill, 21st Battalion. The one grave also contained the remains of 647 Sergeant T. Harvey MID, 21st Battalion, who died on the same day.