Biography of Captain JD Hills
John David Hills born in Greenwich, London in 1895 and was educated at Merchant Taylor’s School. He enlisted aged 19 at the start of the war, having given up a Classics Scholarship to Lincoln College Oxford in order to do so. He was commissioned in the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment.
After training in the United Kingdom he went to France in February 1915 and served with distinction throughout the war. He was awarded the Military Cross with bar and the Croix de Guerre and was also mentioned in despatches.
After the War he 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.