Airborne Engineers Association

Frederick Gordon (Bill) Hill

 

 

Frederick Gordon (Bill) Hill

Having suffered Alzheimer disease the past 2 years Bill passed away peacefully on 11th September 2006. Following his 12 years as a regular in the R.A.F on his discharge he became a T.A. soldier in the 16th,18th.301 Para's and finally in the 23rd S.A.S. His service life gave him so many wonderful years and he was always immensely proud of his service to his country. Many people dread the word Alzheimer' but Bill, during his illness became very much the old soldier again and kept all around him greatly amused with his tales and anecdotes. Everyone that came along to tend his needs received a salute from him (Back ramrod straight despite being wheelchair bound) and he expected salutes to be returned. Latterly his conversations were all about the military exercises he was about to embark on and all visitors were expected to be ready for action. His red beret was placed proudly atop his Union Jack draped coffin as he embarked on his final journey He will be dreadfully missed by his wife Pam, and his family in Australia, stepdaughter Ruth and his 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

 

 

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