Rowland Hill was born in Ipswich, QLD and was a Farmer by trade when he enlisted in the 31st Battalion, C Company on 12 July 1915 at the age of 18. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915, first to Alexandria then on to France, arriving there in late June 1916. He was immediately hospitalised on arrival in Marseilles suffering from æenteric'. His condition for a time was described as serious, but he eventually recovered and rejoined his unit, the 31st Battalion, in mid-September. In December of 1916 he was again hospitalised, this time with æbronchial catarrh'. After a period of recuperation, some at the Anzac Corps Rest Station, he rejoined the 31st Battalion in January 1917. On March 13th 1917 he was killed in action by a high explosive shell burst near Bapaume. He is buried at the Beaulencourt British Cemetery at Ligny-Thilloy in France. He was just 20 years of age.
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