Topic: Geoffrey Vincent Hill

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Geoffrey Vincent Hill was a First World War soldier with links to Sumner.

Geoffrey Vincent Hill was born in Dunedin on 1 August 1890, the son of Gerald and Lucy Hill. He was married to Norah Redwood in Wellington and they had three children, Augustine Kenneth, Mary, and Lucy Beatrice.

Geoffrey had previously served in the Wellington Highland Rifles, but his profession on enlistment is noted as a commercial traveller. He was 26 years old on enlistment and joined the 2nd Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade as a rifleman, service number 49047.

He embarked for France on 9 May 1918 on HMNZT “Maunganui”, docking first at Liverpool. He arrived at the British Army transit camp at Etaples on 13 September, 1918.

He died on the 8 October 1918 at Le Cateau, France. Briefly posted as “missing, believed killed”, his body was found later by a friend and he was reposted as “killed in action”.

Geoffrey is buried at Masnieres British Cemetery, Marcoing, Nord, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal, and the medals were sent to his family who were living in Dryden Street, Sumner.

 

Related Resources:

THE ROLL OF HONOUR.PRESS, VOLUME LV, ISSUE 16448, 15 FEBRUARY 1919

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19190215.2.2.1?end_date=31-12-1919&query=GEOFFREY+HILL&start_date=01-01-1890

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Geoffrey Vincent Hill


First Names:Geoffrey
Last Name:Hill
Place of Birth:Dunedin