Daily Archives: November 26, 2018

Thank you

After three and a half years and more than 380 entries we have reached the end of this journey through WWI and the end of Captain Hills Letters.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation. We hope you have gained an insight into one mans experience of this terrible war through these incredible letters.

A very special thank you to Lilian, the volunteer who tirelessly typed up all of these letters. Without her work this project wouldn’t have been possible.

After the War John David Hills went to Oxford and read History. He became assistant Master at Eton in 1921 and was made Senior History Master from 1935 to 1939. While working at Eton he commanded the Eton OTC (Officer Training Corps) from 1930 to 1932.

He was appointed Headmaster of Bradfield College in 1940 and held the post until 1955.

He married Lady Rosemary Baring (elder daughter of the Second Earl of Cromer) in 1932 and they had one son and two daughters.

Captain Hills retired to Wales and died aged 80 in 1975.


26 November 1918

Very many thanks for a host of letters. We work hard all the morning, repairing the ravages of war, and play games during the afternoon, leaving Orderly Room until the evening when there is enough work to terrify the bravest man.  Lt. Col. Griffiths has got a D.S.O. – good for him, and we are all every pleased.  Rugby football has started.  Last Friday we had a sort of pick up performance in the Battalion.   I turned out just to see how my knee would stand it.   Finding that it stood very well I repeated the performance the following day.  On Sunday a Brigade team was challenged by the 14th Tank Battalion and I was asked to play in my old place – left wing ¾.   It was a grand game but they had played together often and we are only a scratch side.   They won 5 pts. to 3 – i.e. a goal to a try.  I ended up with my vest off and covered in bruises but it was simply great and I have not enjoyed myself so much for a long time.  The knee stood it without a murmur.  I shall now play at every possible opportunity.  We have a new padre – one Walton by name.  He arrived last night & plays Rugger so there is hope for him.

Letters Dec. 4th & 6th no news.