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James Hill, Staff Captain, The Royal Fusiliers. was born in 1911. As soon as war was declared he was called into service, and in September 1939 was put in charge of the advance party of the Royal Fusiliers to go to France. He was told to get a French petrol convoy to Dunkirk. This, after many tribulations, he succeeded in doing. Once on La Panne beach, he was left to organise soldiers onto the boats and to keep order as the evacuation proceeded, before making his own way back to England.