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PostSubject: Alan Richard Hill VC   Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:52 pm

"Alan Richard Hill VC (born Northallerton 12 July 1859 – 21 April 1944) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was 21 years old, and a lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment, British Army during the First Boer War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 28 January 1881 at Laing's Nek, South Africa, when the retreat was ordered, Lieutenant Hill remained behind and tried to carry out of action another lieutenant who was lying on the ground severely wounded. He was unable to lift the man into the saddle and carried him in his arms until he was shot dead. Lieutenant Hill then brought another wounded man out of action on his horse and afterwards returned and rescued another. All this was done under very heavy fire.

He later achieved the rank of major and changed his name to Hill-Walker.

Born 12 July 1859
Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Died 21 April 1944 (aged 84)
Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Buried at St Michael and All Angels Churchyard, Haworth
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service Retired 12 October 1901
Rank Major
Unit North Yorkshire Militia
58th Regiment of Foot
The Northamptonshire Regiment
Battles/wars Anglo-Zulu War
First Boer War
Tirah Campaign
Awards Victoria Cross

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PostSubject: Re: Alan Richard Hill VC   Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:02 pm

Found this, but Probaly needs confirming.

"Maj Alan Hill - Walker VC; late Northhampton Regiment ; b 12th July 1859; e s of Capt Hill chief constable North Riding of Yorkshire and Francis Miriam d of T Walker Maunby Hall, Thirsk; m 1902 Murial Lilas Oliphant, d of the late TS Walker of Maunby Hall Thirsk assumed the additional name of Walker 1902; two s . Joined the North York Rifles,1877 58th Reg, served Zulu War 1879 (medal); Boer War, 1881; Battles of Laing's Nek (despatches VC) Ingog Majuba Hill ( severely wounded); A.A.G. Mandala, Burma1897; Tirah campain 1897. Recreations Hunting, Shooting, Sport of all kinds. Address, Maunby Hall Thirsk Yorkshire. Clubs, Army and Navy; York
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PostSubject: Re: Alan Richard Hill VC   Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:10 pm

Date of Birth - 12th July 1859
1st Appointment - 2nd Lieutenant (from Militia) 58th Foot - 22nd February 1879
Northamptonshire Regiment (2nd Battalion) - Lieutenant - 29th January 1881
South African War - 1879-81 - Zulu Campaign - Employed in Natal. Medal. Transvaal Campaign, battles of Laing’s Nek and Amajuba Mountain (wounded). Despatches, London Gazette, 10th Mar 1881.
The date of notification for his V. C. was 13th March 1882
Source ‘1884 Army List’ (p 544, 845, 1199 & 1294)

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