WW1 18th Bn Australian Imperial Forces a Gallipoli “Original” Casualty Group of Medals with Condolence Letter.
Awarded to “384 Pte A. Hill 18/Bn AIF, an original of the Battalion which fought at Gallipoli, and died of wounds on the Western Front in 1917. Comprising: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. GC .... Accompanied by original emotive two page hand written letter sent to Private Hill’s parents from the Sister in Charge at the No. 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station where he died. .... Original AIF photograph of Pte Hills’s temporary grave. .... AIF gilt metal sweetheart brooch. GC.
Private Arthur William Hill died of wounds on the 9th May 1917. An original recruit of the 18th Bn Australian Imperial Forces, he embarked from Sydney on the 25th June 1915 for Egypt and then onto Gallipoli, within two days of arriving the 18th formed part of the major attack on Hill 60. He may have been wounded whilst serving on the peninsula, as he returned to Australia before embarking for France with the 14 to 17 Reinforcements. Rejoining his Battalion in May 1917 it took part in the Second Battle of Bullecourt, Sister Ida O’Duyer describes in her letter that Private Hill on the 3rd of May the first day of the battle, was brought in with shrapnel to the head and shoulder. He was operated on but it was found the shrapnel was lodged in the brain and could not be removed, he died on the morning of the 9th.
Ida O’Duyer would go on to hold the rank of Matron and for her services would be awarded the decoration of the Royal Red Cross.
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