Alan Richard Hill
|Alan Richard Hill-Walker|
12 July 1859|
Northallerton, North Yorkshire
21 April 1944 (aged 84)|
Thirsk, North Yorkshire
|Buried||St Michael and All Angels Churchyard, Haworth|
|Years of service||Retired 12 October 1901|
North Yorkshire Militia|
58th Regiment of Foot
The Northamptonshire Regiment
First Boer War
Alan Richard Hill VC (born Northallerton 12 July 1859 – 21 April 1944) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
He was 21 years old, and a lieutenant in the 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot (which had become the 2nd Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment by the time of the gazetting), British Army during the First Boer War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 28 January 1881 at the Battle of Laing's Nek, South Africa, when the retreat was ordered, Lieutenant Hill remained behind and tried to carry out of action another lieutenant who was lying on the ground severely wounded. He was unable to lift the man into the saddle and carried him in his arms until he was shot dead. Lieutenant Hill then brought another wounded man out of action on his horse and afterwards returned and rescued another. All this was done under very heavy fire.
He achieved the rank of major before he retired from the army. In April 1902 he married, in London, to Muriel Lilias Oliphant Walker, daughter of T. S. Walker, of Maunby Hall, Thirsk, Yorkshire. He later changed his name to Hill-Walker.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War (Ian Uys, 2000)