I have just about finished researching my father’s experiences during WWII but he only left one first-hand account and a few souvenirs, photos, handbooks and notes. I have done my best to piece together his records and have spent many hours on the internet and this forum gleaning information. I feel that I have heeded Ron Goldstein’s plea that contributors first do their research before asking for help! I thought I would give a summary and if members feel like adding some comments (and no doubt many corrections) then I would be grateful. Maybe a few members have relatives who served in his units? Howard Hillier No 91549 1936-1939 London Scottish, Gordon Highlanders (TA) 1939 Transferred to Brighton by his bank. Joined 57th Home Counties Field Regiment. Took up commission (2nd Lt) March-June 1940 BEF .with 57th. Dunkirk 1940. Invited by commanding officer Brig “Tiger” Lyon-Smith to assist him (as Transport Officer at HQ) set up 6th Support Group, 6th Armoured Division. Acting Captain. 1941 – Substantive captain. Photo Oct 1942 of tanks in Lakenheath, Norfolk – Inspection by King George 6th. 8.11.1942 Embarked for Tunisia with 6th Armoured. Presume he took part in actions such as Thala, Gouballat-Bou Arada Plain. The only first hand description I have of his wartime experiences is a fascinating account of the final battle in Tunisia, written 30 years after the war ended. In part, it reads: “Our Divisional Commander took the keys to the City from the Bey of Tunis and I happened to be present! Then, East of Tunis, at a place called Hamman Lif, a great razor back massif comes right down to the sea, sealing off the whole Cap Bon Peninsular, leaving only about a 20 foot road between it and the sea.. The road at Hamman Lif was protected by 100 and 88mm guns and they caused pretty good havoc. Then we tried to scale the Massif – the Grenadiers and Welsh Guards- it was so steep (about 1 in 2) that I couldn’t get my guns to rake the heights which were massed with machine guns and mortars, etc, etc. So we waterproofed our tanks and drove through the sea and got behind them. Then we swept on straight down to Hammamet and then to Enfidaville.. “ During this action he was commanding a battery of the 72nd Anti-Tank Regiment. Later, in Italy and Austria, he seems to have been attached to HQ 61st Infantry Brigade. Is HQ regarded as a unit? Please forgive my ignorance! July 1943 Promoted to Temp Major . Sept 1943 received M.B.E. March 1944 Sailed for Italy, was camped under Vesuvius when it blew its top. Joined 61st Infantry Bde as DAA and QMG. Presume he was in 4th battle for Monte Casino, Gustav Line and Liri Valley. Then battle for Arezzo and the Gothic Line. He distinguished himself in the push to Austria and was awarded the American Bronze Star Commendation for the (American) Bronze Star Medal from Brigadier Adrian Gore, 61 Infantry Brigade (Rifle Brigade): “For outstanding zeal and devotion to duty as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Quartermaster General of 61 Infantry Brigade during the past year and especially during the period April 20th to May 9th 1945. During this period Major Hillier has shown himself to be an administrative officer of the highest order and a capacity for hard work, endurance and fearlessness in keeping with the highest traditions. During the Brigade dash forward from Monselice to Klagenfurt during the last week in April when the leading units covered over 100 miles in 24 hours and all units over 200 miles in 5 days, this officer without any thought for his own personal safety went out night and day guiding up the echelons to the leading units. He need not have done this but there were very few maps of the area and wireless was useless owing to the great distances involved. There is no doubt that it was the direct result of this officer’s actions that this successful action, culminating in the capture of Klagenfurt, was made possible.” I have a few more mementoes, such as an opera program from Venice, an invitation from a General Murray to attend a buffet supper at Castle Tentschach, the race card for the 6th Armd’s 4th Race Meeting (in Austria?) and photos of skiing in the mountains. Also a souvenir “The Road Home” from Villach to Calais but a note in it states that the route had to be changed, so I cannot accurately trace his route home. As a new member I apologise if this posting is too long – you will just have to forgive me for being overly proud of my dear old Dad!