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David Alexander Hill was born in Ayrshire on the 16th of December 1881 to Mary Hill (née Cowan) and James Fyfe Hill, a fishmonger. He studied drawing and painting at The Glasgow School of Art from 1907 to 1910. He appears to have emigrated to Canada thereafter. In 1915 he enlisted with the Canadian Oversees Expeditionary Forces in Valcartier, Quebec. He served in the Canadian Engineers regiment in the First World War, and is listed on The Glasgow School of Art's World War One Roll of Honour.
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Sources: Canadian Great War Project: http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com.