An Efficiency & Canadian Forces Decoration Group to Special Branch
An Efficiency & Canadian Forces Decoration Group to Special Branch - 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star with France and Germany Clasp; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; Efficiency Medal with Territorial Scroll and two Six Year Additional Service Bars, George VI (2608772 W.O. CL. 2 A.E. HILL. THE OUEENS. R.R.); and Canadian Forces' Decoration, ERII (CMC OFF (SB) A.E. HILL). Naming is officially impressed on the EM (with the "Q" substituted by an "O" in "QUEEN'S") and engraved on the CFD. Court-mounted with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, original ribbons, plated, light contact, gilt wear on the CFD, very fine. Accompanied by a corresponding set of Miniatures (1939-1945 Star (bronze, 20 mm x 23.5 mm); Atlantic Star with France and Germany Clasp (bronze, 20 mm x 23.5 mm); Defence Medal (silver, 18.6 mm); War Medal 1939-1945 (silver, 19 mm); Efficiency Medal with Territorial Scroll and two Six Year Additional Service Bars, ERII version vs. George VI of the Fullsize Group (silver, 17.3 mm x 21 mm); and Canadian Forces' Decoration, ERII (silver gilt, 18.5 mm), court-mounted with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran), a Grenadier Guards Sports Medal 1927 (silver, marker marked "PHILLIPS ALDERSHOT", engraved "TUG-OF-WAR 1927 Winners" and hand-scratched "No 4 Coy CPL. A. HILL" on the reverse, 32 mm, missing its suspension), an Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge Twenty-Five Year Membership Medal (silver gilt and enamels, maker marked "BALFOUR" and engraved "ARTHUR E. HILL / DOSORONTO LODGE 102 / FEB 11th 1949 / ONTARIO 24451" on the reverse, 31 mm x 32.5 mm, on an Odd Fellows insignia pinback hanger), a Named Cigarette Case (silver, hallmarked with the British lion, an anchor (made in Birmingham), date marked "P" (1939) and maker marked "H.W. Ld" (Henry Williamson Limited) on the inside, engraved "To Coy. Sgt. Major Hill In Appreciation, From The Officers & Cadets Guildford S.C.C.” on the outside cover, 81.5 mm x 102.5 mm), Old Style Cigarette Lighter (brass, maker marked "SCHRADER UNIVERSAL VALVE N.Y. U.S.A." at the flared base, spinning striker wheel, 21 mm x 85.5 mm), his Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth (AKA Birth Certificate), his Regular Army Certificate of Service Book, his Soldiers Service and Pay Book, an Army Certificate of Education Second Class (named to Hill, dated March 26, 1926 at Victoria Barracks in Windsor), an Army Vocational Training Course in Oxy-Acetylene Welding Certificate (named to Hill, dated January 17, 1930 at Aldershot), his Soldier’s Release Book Class "A" (named to Warrant Officer 2nd Class A.E. Hill of the Queen's Royal Regiment, dated October 31, 1945), his Social Insurance and Employer's Advice Cards, along with a Letter of Recommendation (dated April 5, 1947 at June Cottage, Merrow Woods, Guildford), Footnote: Arthur Edwin Hill was born on September 10, 1905 in Guildford, Surrey, England, the son of Arthur Albert Hill and Lucy Hill. He enlisted with the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards (2608772) on February 6, 1923, becoming a Corporal on January 30, 1926 and a Sergeant on March 31, 1928. He was transferred to the Army Reserve on February 5, 1930 and was discharged from service on February 5, 1935. He took an Army Vocational Training Course in Oxy-Acetylene Welding at Aldershot while with the Guards, his Commandant stating that his conduct was excellent and his diligence was very good, noting that Hill was "A very useful. Good at heavy welding and cutting and has a fair knowledge of smithing. Is hardworking and very willing." The following year, Hill enlisted with the 30th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal Regiment (2608772) on February 12, 1936, stating his occupations upon enlistment as Private Chauffeur and Mechanic. Hill was discharged upon demobilization at Military Dispersal Unit No. 5 in Guilford on September 5, 1945, with his commanding officer noting that Hill was "An Outstanding Warrant Officer. He is a very good leader of men." and that "His demobilization is a great loss to the unit." Post-war, Hill moved to Canada and became a Commanding Officer (Special Branch), earning him the Canadian Forces' Decoration.