The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hill
First Name:
John
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX8756
Classification:
Driver/Mechanic
Company:
'B' Company
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
1.01.1912
Place of Birth:
Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Arthur Hill
Mothers's Name:
Margaret Hill
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 2, Row C, Grave 20, Age 31.
Cause of Death:
Bacillary Dysentery
Place of Death:
A. G. H. Roberts Barracks Changi
Date of Death:
11.03.1943
Buried:
A.I.F. Cemetery Changi, Grave No. 80

General Description

John Hill was one of nine Indigenous Western Australians to join the 2/4th.  Tragically John was the only one not to return home to his land and beloved family.

Wounded in action at Pasir Panjang and admitted to Field Ambulance with gunshot wounds to his left arm and head on 14.2.1942. Admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital on 16.2.1942. Soldier died at approximately 1330 hours on 11.3.1943 at the Australian General Hospital at Roberts Barracks Changi from mycotoxicosis, diphtheria and acute but resolving bacillary dysentery. Soldier’s body was cremated by order of Imperial Japanese Anny and his ashes buried on 11.3.1943. The funeral service was conducted by Chaplain G. Polain of  2/26th Battalion.

J. Hill Headstone
J. Hill Headstone

 

The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind one of the names on the Roll of Honour is told. Hosted by Richard Cruise, the story for 22 September 2016 was (WX8756) Lance Corporal John Hill, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion, 2nd AIF, Second World War.  John Hill’s photograph was displayed beside the Pool of Reflection. Watch a recording of the ceremony courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

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