Honouree Dedication – Corporal Reginald Hedley Hillier

On Tuesday, 16 April 2019 we honoured Corporal Reginald Hedley Hillier at a Last Post Ceremony.

Reginald (or Reg as he was known by) was born on the 12th of September 1939 in Coonabarabran, New South Wales. He came to Darwin with his parents in 1947 and went to school at Darwin Primary School. When he turned 16 he became a stockman and worked on many cattle stations in the NT.

His family says he loved the Territory, so much so that he was nicknamed ‘Territory’ and had a tattoo of the NT on his arm. In October 1961 Reg then enlisted to the Australian Army for a six year term.

After training at Puckapunyal, Victoria, Reg was deployed to Vietnam where he joined the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment as a Section Commander in B Company.

There are many stories of his bravery while serving in Vietnam, and he was described by his superiors and peers as a brave soldier prepared to take risks necessary to get the job done and to protect himself and his mates.

On the 29th of November 1965, Reg was leading his Section in the Vo Dat district of the Binh Tuy Province when they came across an enemy force where Reg was killed in action. He was just 26 years of age at the time of his death and was the only Territorian to die in the Vietnam War.

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