Alfred John HILL

HILL, Alfred John

Service Number: 1729
Enlisted: 16 June 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Echuca, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Perth Boys School, James St, Perth, Western Australia
Occupation: Mechanical dentist
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 29 July 1916
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot II, Row C, Grave No. 19 (Remains discovered 1919)
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1729, 28th Infantry Battalion
23 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, 1729, 28th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Demosthenes embarkation_ship_number: A64 public_note: ''
23 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, 1729, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Alfred Hill was reported missing during the heavy fighting at Pozieres 29 July 1916. His death was confirmed by a Court of Enquiry in 1917. His remains seem to have been discovered by the Graves Exhumation people in 1919. It is stated in his service file that his remains were identified by the presence of his tunic on the remains, which was legibly marked with his full regimental particulars. No disc or personal belongings were recovered. Unfortunately, this information was only conveyed to his mother during 1921, along with photographs of the grave. She was upset that news of the discovery of his body had not been sent to her prior to his burial, which was no fault of Base Records, rather the War Graves took some time forwarding the burial information.  

Alfred’s brother, 3537 Rowland Joseph Hill 51st Battalion AIF, was killed in action only a fortnight later, also at Pozieres, on 14 August 1916, age 25.

They were the sons of Alfred and Jessie Hill, of Alma Road, North Perth, Western Australia, although from Alfred’s service file it seems that his mother, Jessie was a widow just after the war.