Indigenous Australian, Percy HILL, 42nd Infantry Battalion & 3rd Divisional Train.
Percy Hill was born in Goodooga, NSW in 1880. When he enlisted in November 1915, age 35 he was working as an Artesian Well-Borer in Charters Towers, Queensland.
Percy embarked from Sydney in June 1916 on board the troopship ‘Borda’ arriving in England six weeks later. Not long after, with the newly formed 42nd Infantry Battalion proceeded he overseas to France. 33 Officers and 994 Other-Ranks were shipped to Le Havre from Southampton and within days were billeted at Outtersten, by Christmas they were in the frontline.
Driver Percy Hill’s service record reveal’s little of his experiences. He was hospitalised several times with Influenza and after the second bout was transferred to the 11th Infantry Brigade Headquarters for several weeks.
In October 1918 Hill was again transferred this time to the 3rd Divisional Train, 22nd Company, where he stayed until being returned home to Australia in August 1919.
Percy Hill returned to work in Queensland with his brother Albert as well-borers. He died in 1966 of Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Townsville.
*In 1905 Percy Hill was controversially accused of running amateur foot-races under the name of Percy Daunt, but the case was not satisfied.
Read more …
- Service record: HILL, Percy
- Repatriation record: HILL, Percy
- Embarkation roll
- AWM 42nd Infantry Battalion
- * ‘A study in black and white’, The Norther Miner, 17 February 1905, p3.
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- View the whole Collection: Indigenous enlistment
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History
Marg Powell & Des Crump | QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland