Alan Richard Hill

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Alan Richard Hill-Walker
Alan Richard Hill.jpg
Born (1859-07-12)12 July 1859
Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Died 21 April 1944(1944-04-21) (aged 84)
Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Buried St Michael and All Angels Churchyard, Haworth
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service Retired 12 October 1901
Rank Major
Unit North Yorkshire Militia
58th Regiment of Foot
The Northamptonshire Regiment
Battles/wars Anglo-Zulu War
First Boer War
Tirah Campaign
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

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.[1]

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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.[2] He later changed his name to Hill-Walker.


  1. ^ "No. 25084". The London Gazette. 14 March 1882. p. 1130. 
  2. ^ "Marriages". The Times (36742). London. 15 April 1902. p. 1. 

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