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HILL, Charles R

  DIARIES OF

 393 SAPPER CHARLES ROWLAND HILL

 SIGNALLER WITH

 17TH BATTALION

 5TH INFANTRY BRIGADE

 FIRST AIF

  

COMMENCED – 15TH AUGUST 1915

 

This is notated at the start of this diary:

“In case of my death I would like this to be returned to my Mother”

Signed C R Hill

To:       Mrs H J Bright

Norbiton Road

FOXTON

Via   WELLINGTON   NEW ZEALAND

Charles Rowland HILL, aged 27 years, joined the Australian Imperial Force on 28th February 1915 but was not enlisted until 5th March 1915 at Liverpool, NSW.

His trade on joining is shown as Carpenter/Painter

Next of Kin was listed as his Mother:

Mrs H J Bright

Norbiton Road

FOXTON Via

WELLINGTON NEW ZEALAND

He had served for 3 years in the Palmerston North Guards Brigade in New Zealand prior to enlisting in the AIF- Probably a Militia Unit.

He was allotted to D Company, 17th Battalion, 5th Infantry Brigade on 12th April 1915 and embarked from Sydney, Australia, in the “Themistocles” on 12th May 1915 for Egypt.

SS “Themistocles” departing Sydney for Egypt in 1915

 11,231 Gross Tonnage

 Built in 1911 by J E Hall Ltd, UK

 Requisitioned during WWI as a Troop & Supply Ship

 

Sapper C R Hill served at Gallipoli from 19th August 1915 until evacuated on 17th December 1915 during the withdrawal from the Gallipoli Peninsular.

On return to Egypt the 17th Battalion was encamped at Tel-El-Kebir (NE of Cairo) before being deployed just east of the Suez Canal as part of the Canal defences.

Sapper Hill attended a Signals School of Instruction at Zaitoun, near Heliopolis from 11th January 1916 – 21st January 1916.

Sapper Hill then deployed with the 17th Battalion east of Ismailia into the Sinai Peninsula (he calls it the Arabian Desert) from 30th January 1916 – 6th March 1916.

The 17th Battalion was then in camp at Moascar, near Ismailia.  It was here that the 5th Brigade were addressed by General Birdwood and probably warned for service in France.

Sapper Hill was promoted to Lance Corporal on 27th February 1916.

He served in France from …….. – …..

 

Sapper Hill’s diaries is divided into parts relating to the actual books he compiled during service.  Follow the links below to read them

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4