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.

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13 thoughts on “Thank you

  1. Thank you so much for such a fascinating project, it has been wonderful to experience the flow of letters in ‘real time’. Very many thanks to Lilian and all of you for such a unique and insightful centenary commemoration.

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  2. Big thanks to you all and especially to Lilian – this has been a fascinating glimpse into WWI through the eyes of an officer, and I shall miss hearing from Captain Hills.

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  3. Thank you for releasing Captain Hills letters. My great uncle was in the 1/5 Leicestershire battalion, so I have a personal interest in his experiences through the war. It was a great idea and I really looked forward to each post.

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  4. Would it be possible for these letters to be turned into a book? I’ve so enjoyed this experience and have, to some extent, experienced the excitement of receiving a letter “from the front” even at this distance in time. A fabulous resource – thank you for taking the time and effort to make it available to us.

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  5. I too read every one, they were a brilliant insight into the minds of leaders in such a terrible situation and the nonchalant stiff upper lip that got them through. Thank you all so much for sharing this.

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  6. Fantastic – I read every entry J D Hill went to school with my Grandfather and served together. I rad with pride every time my grandfather was mentioned in his letters. Thank you so much

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  7. Thank you very much – it has been a completely engrossing read… Richard King-Evans La Rairie 50450 Hambye France   e: rke@orange.fr   t FR: +33 (0) 2 33 51 61 19 t UK: +44 (0) 207 193 4336   Skype: LaRairieFrance   https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-king-evans             > Message du 26/11/18 12:44> De : “Captain JD Hills” > A : rke@orange.fr> Copie à : > Objet : [New post] Thank you> >WordPress.com

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  8. I never missed one of his letters either. I don’t think he liked to paint the real picture of what life was like at the front to save his relatives from worrying.

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  9. Many thanks to everyone involved in sharing these letters over the past few years, it’s been a real joy and privilege to have been able to read them all. Having forced myself not to read Captain Hills’ book until after the final letter, in order to follow his progress through the war in “real time”, I am now looking forward to catching up with it.

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