William Kenneth Hill

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Havant, Hampshire
Service No.: 946
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Australian Infantry
Battalion: 6th
Died: 12th May 1915 aged 20 years
Death location: Gallipoli

Before the War
William was born in 1895 to Frederick James (b 04/09/1865) and Jane (nee Spear 1862).  His parents were married in 1887 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire.

William’s siblings were:

Samuel George (1887 – 1887).
Ethel Louisa (1888).
George (1891).
Albert Clifford  (1893 – 10/02/1973).  Married Mary Edith Ellen Mundy in Australia in 1913.
Doris Maude (23/10/1901 – 14/04/1992).  Married James W Wilkerson in Southampton in 1921.

 

On the 1901 census William is living with his family at 16 Southampton Road, Eastleigh, Southampton. His brothers and sisters are registered on this census with their middle names.  By the 1911 census William is living with his family, except George, at 4 Sainfoin Villa, Station Hill, Southampton Road, Eastleigh. His father is employed as a painter at the London and South West Railway Company.

William and his brother Albert emigrated to Australia.  They sailed from London on 6th May 1912, aboard SS Kaikora.  They arrived in Melbourne on 19th June 1912.

Military History
William was working as a gardener when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Melbourne on 17th August 1914. He was posted to the 6th Battalion, ‘D’ Company. This Battalion was one of the first infantry units in the AIF and, together with the 5th, 7th and 8th Battalions, formed the 2nd Brigade.

William sailed from Melbourne on 19th October 1914 aboard HMAT Hororata, ship number A20, and arrived in Egypt on 2nd December 1914 after a short stop in Albany, Western Australia.  The 2nd Brigade landed in Gallipoli on 25th April 1915, just north of Gabe Tepe.  The small cove where they landed was named Anzac Cove and became the base for the Australian and New Zealand troops the eight months of the Battle of Gallipoli.

William died on 12th May 1915 from gunshot wounds to his abdomen at Gabe Tepe.  He was awarded the 1914- 1915 Star, Victory and British War Medals. The Memorial Plaque and Scroll were sent to his mother.

William was buried on 13th May1915 in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Cape Helles, Gallipoli. Reference: Special Memorial 1.

He is also remembered on the Australian War Memorial in Campbell, Australia.

Researcher: Jackie Chandler
Published: 22nd November 2013
Updated: Insert dates here

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