Arthur Richard Hammill

First Name: 
Arthur
Middle Name: 
Richard
Last Name: 
Hammill
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, August 14, 1879
Mother's Name: 
Janet Hammill nee Drever
Father's Name: 
James Hammill
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, November 27, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
18th Battalion
Company: 
A
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, May 19, 1918
Place of Death: 
Somme, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Arthur Richard Hammill (Service No 4442), was born in Adelaide, S.A.

Prior to Arthur's arrival in Sydney, N.S.W., in July 1914, he had served 1 year with the South Australian Military.

In November 1915, he married Edith Arthur, in Sydney, N.S.W. 

At enlistment, he was 36 years old, worked as a marble and stone polisher, and lived in Wollongong, N.S.W.

Arthur embarked on HMAT A71 Nestor, with 18th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement, on 9th April 1916. He arrived in England and joined 18th Battalion, A Company, in France, on 23rd September 1916. Arthur saw service on the Western Front and during 1917, he was hospitalised a number of times for illness.

On 15th April 1918, he was wounded in action, and admitted to hospital for treatment of shrapnel wounds to his face. Arthur returned to his unit on 7th May 1918.

Twelve days later, on 19th May, 1918, he was working as a stretcher bearer, attending to the wounded in no mans land during an attack, near Amiens, France, when he was killed in action. Arthur received a bullet wound to the head and was killed instantly. He was buried at the time, but his grave was later lost. 

Arthur is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial, at Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, HAMMILL A R

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