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WWI Snapshot: James Hill 1895-1969

At the Veterans Day Commemoration last month, special guests included the family of Robert Bollie Stanley, Brunswick County’s only known WWI POW. Pvt Stanley’s sacrifice was recognized earlier in the year during the Dedication of a military style marker at his gravesite.

During the Roll Call, the Stanley family was surprised to hear their other grandfather’s name recited: Pvt James Hill. This was not planned, but was a memorable moment for everyone.

“Private James Hill was my father’s father who served in the war stateside. We heard his name on the last Roll Call!”

~Deborah Bolin, granddaughter of Pvt Robert Bollie Stanley
and Pvt James Hill


Historic documents and details were quickly collected and shared with the family. Deborah was able to locate a photograph of James Hill to include in this WWI Snapshot.

NC WWI Service Card
James Hill was born in July 1895, in Shallotte, NC.

He was ordered to report to duty on August 22, 1918, and was sent to Camp Greene in Charlotte, NC. In September, he began serving in the Supply Company of the 810th Pioneer Infantry, which had been formed that month in Camp Greene. After the Armistice, there was no need for overseas work. The 810th was demobilized in December. Pvt Hill was honorably discharged on December 17, 1918.

This table lists the 13 WWI veterans from Brunswick County who have been identified as serving in the 810th Pioneer Infantry. The table is also located on the WWI Army/Marine Division Rosters webpage.

810th Pioneer Infantry: Camp Greene, NC

Name Company
PVT Moses Bell K
PVT Simon Benjamin HQ
PVT Guy L Brown C
PVT Joseph Nathaniel Brown K
PVT Mike Davis C
PVT William Galloway C
PVT Alfred Hardy I
PVT George Hewette I
PVT James Hill Sup
PVT Alex Jones B
Cook Fred Parker B
PVT John Moss Rutland I
PVT Napoleon Williams I

810th Pioneer Infantry: September 1918 – December 1918

James Hill passed away on January 11, 1969, at age 73. He was laid to rest in Mulberry Cemetery in Shallotte, joining his wife, Earler Hill (1905-1960).

A military headstone was requested and placed there.
Source of headstone photo: Findagrave


To view this or an earlier profile or snapshot at any time, click on the veteran’s name on the WWI Brunswick County Veteran list, which is also accessible by the blue button on the top right of the webpage.

If you would like to help us honor James Hill or another Brunswick County WWI veteran, please use the following links:

Click here for the announcement:
Announcement: Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran
Click here for directions to donate and honor a veteran:
How to Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran

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WWI Snapshot: William Bellamy St George 1896-1961

William Bellamy St. George served in both WWI and WWII. His son also served in the US Navy, achieving the rank of Vice Admiral.

NC WWI Service Cards

William Bellamy St. George enlisted in the US Navy on May 26, 1917. He served as a Machinist Mate, 1st and 2nd Class, until he was appointed officer on October 4, 1918. He was discharged on January 29, 1921.

He returned to Southport, but eventually made his home in Annapolis, MD. His obituary, shown below, describes his WWII service.

His son, William Ross St. George, followed his father into service and had a very distinguished career. His biography is also shown below.

William Bellamy St. George passed away on June 18, 1961. He was buried in Annapolis, MD. No military honors are shown. His obituary, shown below, was added to findagrave.

Source: Annapolis Capital, 22 June 1961, p.5
William Bellamy St. George
Funeral services for William Bellamy St. George, 65, were held last night from the Taylor Funeral Chapel, 147 Duke of Gloucester St.

The services were conducted by the Rev. William E. First, of Calvary Methodist Church. Burial was in the Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery.

The pallbearers were: Dr. Joseph G. Shevenell, Brendan O’Dwyer, Jerome A. Clark, Charles A. Santore, J. Stuart Whehon, and Nicholas J. Fotes.

Mr. St. George, who lived at 200 King George St., died Sunday at the Anne Arundel General Hospital, after a short illness. The son of the late William St. George and Mrs. Isabelle Wescott St. George, he was born in Southport, N.C.

He was a real estate broker and a member of the Pythagorus Lodge No. 349, A.F. and A.M. of Southport; a member of the board of directors of the Sixth District Democratic Club and the Eastport Democratic Club. During World War I he served as an ensign in the Navy and in World War II was captain of an Army transport in the Alaskan and Aleutian area. He was also a former member of the Cape Fear Pilot Association of Southport, N.C.

Mr. St. George is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ila R. St. George; a daughter, Mrs. H. Nelson Upthegrove, of Bernardsville, N.J.; a son, Lt. Comdr. William St. George, USN, of Newport, R.I.; three sisters, Mrs. William H. Stone and Mrs. John E. Vereen, both of Little River, N.C. and Mrs. Paul M. Snell, of Wilmington, N.C. and five grandchildren.

Source of his son’s biography: US Navy biography
Vice Admiral William St. George
Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (July 1976 – May 1979)

William Ross St. George hailed from native of Southport, N.C. While enrolled at the University of Washington, he received a presidential appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated in 1946 and went on to command the destroyer escort Van Voorhis from 1961 to 1962, the destroyer Richard E. Byrd from 1964 to 1965 and the guided missile cruiser Josephus Daniels in 1969 and 1970.

William St. George performed postgraduate work in law at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he graduated with distinction in 1953. From 1971 to 1973, St. George served as principal adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the National Strategic Objectives Plan. VADM William St. George served as Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet from July 1976 to May 1979. He retired from the Navy as a Vice Admiral in 1979 after 38 years of service.

During his military career, he received a Distinguished Service Medal, a Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.


To view this or an earlier profile or snapshot at any time, click on the veteran’s name on the WWI Brunswick County Veteran list, which is also accessible by the blue button on the top right of the webpage.

If you would like to help us honor William Bellamy St. George or another Brunswick County WWI veteran, please use the following links:

Click here for the announcement:
Announcement: Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran
Click here for directions to donate and honor a veteran:
How to Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran

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