​ A very fine Canadian Battle of Arras operations leading to the capture of Arleux 28th to 30th April 1917 Company Runner’s single Military Medal awarded to Private A.E. Hillier, 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion - the 1st British Columbia, who displayed conspicuous gallantry when he repeatedly took messages between Battalion and Company Headquarters, under very heavy fire of all descriptions, and it was owing to his initiative, bravery and example that Lieutenant J.A. McDonald, who have been severely wounded, was got back to the Battalion Aid P

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A very fine Canadian Battle of Arras operations leading to the capture of Arleux 28th to 30th April 1917 Company Runner’s single Military Medal awarded to Private A.E. Hillier, 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion - the 1st British Columbia, who displayed conspicuous gallantry when he repeatedly took messages between Battalion and Company Headquarters, under very heavy fire of all descriptions, and it was owing to his initiative, bravery and example that Lieutenant J.A. McDonald, who have been severely wounded, was got back to the Battalion Aid Post, and thence on, in such a short time, a fact which undoubtedly save this officer’s life. Hillier was subsequently killed in action on 15th August 1917.

Military Medal, GVR bust; (442170 PTE A.E. HILLIER. 7/CAN:INF:)

Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.

Albert Edward Hillier was born on 23rd April 1884 in Weymouth, Dorset, England, and having seen 7 years service in the British Army with the Somerset Light Infantry, then emigrated to Canada where he driver, presumably on a cattle ranch. With the outbreak of the Great War, he attested for service with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at Vernon on 15th July 1915, joining as a Private (No.442170) the 54th Canadian Infantry Battalion.

Arriving in England, he was taken on the strength of the 30th Canadian Infantry Battalion on 5th August 1915, and then transferred to the 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion - the 1st British Columbia, for service out on the Western Front from 19th February 1916, and joining the battalion out there on 21st February.
Present during the Battle of Arras, he was awarded the Military Medal for his part in the operations leading to the capture of Arleux from 28th to 30th April 1917, when serving as a Company Runner, the award being published in the London Gazette for 13th July 1917.

The recommendation reads as follows: ‘During the operations on 28th to 30th April 1917, including the capture of Arleux, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when acting as Company Runner. He repeatedly took messages between Battalion and Company Headquarters, under very heavy fire of all descriptions. It was owing to his initiative, bravery and example that Lieutenant J.A. McDonald, who have been severely wounded, was got back to the Battalion Aid Post, and thence on, in such a short time, a fact which undoubtedly save this officer’s life.’
Hillier was killed in action on 15th August 1917, and having no known grave, he is commemorated by name on the Canadian Vimy Ridge Memorial.