Alan Richard Hill VC

Name: Alan Richard Hill (later Hill-Walker)

Conflict: First Boer War

Gazetted: March 13, 1882

Service: Army

Alan Richard Hill VC
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Place/date of birth: Northallerton, Yorkshire/July 12, 1859

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Lieutenant (Major)

Date of bravery:  January 28, 1881

London Gazette citation:

For gallant conduct at the action of Laing’s Nek [Natal, South Africa] on the 28th January, 1881, in having, after the retreat was ordered, remained behind and endeavoured to carry out of action Lieutenant Baillie, of the same Corps, who was lying on the ground severely wounded. Being unable to lift that officer into the saddle, he carried him in his arms until Lieutenant Baillie was shot dead. Lieutenant Hill then brought a wounded man out of action on his horse, after which he returned and rescued another. All these acts being performed under a heavy fire.

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Thirsk, Yorkshire/April 21, 1944

Grave/memorials: Maunby Churchyard, near Thirsk, Yorkshire

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2015

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum