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Arthur James Hill was born in Ballarat and was a Labourer by trade when he enlisted in the 6th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement on 8 July 1915 at the age of 31. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915 and disembarked in Egypt. In February 1916 he was transferred to the 58th Battalion with whom he travelled to France in June. He was wounded during the ill-fated attack at Fromelles on July 19th, suffering a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. He was evacuated to the 2nd Western Hospital at Manchester in England, destined not to return to the battle front. In March 1917, while recuperating in England, he had a couple of brushes with authority, being charged for drunkenness and using abusive language. He was deemed to be unfit for further active service and returned to Australia on the Themistocles, reaching Melbourne on July 2nd 1917. He was discharged as æmedically unfit – GSW right lumbar region'.
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