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
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
810th Pioneer Infantry: September 1918 – December 1918
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