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#1 NickC

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 07:26 PM

Captain Eustace Hill a Padre of the South African Brigade was without doubt a very brave man he won the MC at the Butte de Warlencourt and lost his right hand in the process.
I have no idea when he died or where but he was back at Longueval and Delville Wood in 1919 identifying and burying the dead of his Brigade.
He was devoted to his men and deserves recognition i just wondered with the forums help we could build a picture of this mans life and ultimately his death and where he was buried.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 10:58 PM

Rev. Eustace St. Clair Hill
BA, Christ's Church, Oxford in 1895
Deacon in 1896
Priest in 1897
C. of Wrexham from 1896 to 1898
Chaplain of St Peter's Home, Grahmstn. from 1898-1899
Acting Chaplain of the Forces in South Africa from 1899-1901
Assistant Chaplain, Railway Missions, Naauwpoort from 1901 to 1904
Temporary Chaplain to the Forces from 1914-1919
Chaplain, S. African Exped. Force, German SW Africa, 1914
In 1915 served in Egypt (Senussi)
From 1916 to 1918 he served in France
Military Cross, London Gazette 1 January 1917
Prisoner of War from March to November 1918
Priest of Communion of the Resurrection from 1906
Assistant Master of St. John's College, City and Diosese of Johannesburg, 1906-1922
Head Master of St. John's College from 1922-1930

Sources: Crockford's Clerical Directory for the Year 1932; Oxford University Roll of Service, 1920.

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 03:32 AM

A google search brings up some fascinating info including a fair bit of info on his Boer War service from an article in the journal of the South African Military History Society - and a flying travelog by a distant relative of his

http://honeymooney.c...rg/logbook.html

Hopefully someone in South Africa might be able to let you know when and where he died - it might be worth making contact with the librarian mentioned at St John's College

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:54 AM

Here you go - from The Times, Friday, Feb 13, 1953; pg. 1; Issue 52545; col A

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 09:38 AM

He is mentioned numerous times in the book "Delville Wood" by Ian Uys

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#6 Carl Hoehler

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 03:17 PM



Guys

An image from 1908

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 03:20 PM



Guys

His Military Cross.

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:06 PM

QUOTE (linge @ Jul 29 2008, 11:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
. . . . numerous times in the book "Delville Wood" by Ian Uys . . .


And Pyramids and poppies by Peter Digby.



This is the commemoration service held in Delville Wood on 17th February 1918. Some esteemed historians are trying to trace the sixth cross.

Some of the other topics

http://1914-1918.inv...howtopic=102924
http://1914-1918.inv...howtopic=102066
http://1914-1918.inv...showtopic=94969


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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:41 PM

Carl what exactly do you mean by the sixth cross?
Thanks people for the information and photos this forum is fantastic keep it going folks

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 05:10 PM

QUOTE (NickC @ Jul 29 2008, 06:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
. . . the sixth cross? . . .

Nick

Major General Sir Henry "Tim" Lukin brought back timber from Delville Wood that was used to craft memorial crosses of which five are known but there has been mention of a sixth.

Two are at The Castle in Cape Town
One is at the Transvaal Scottish Museum
One at St John's College (where Father Hill was to become the headmaster)
One at Pietermaritzburg - this is the famous weeping cross that oozes sap near the anniversary of Delville Wood.



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Posted 29 July 2008 - 06:47 PM

Great photos Carl,
I never knew about the crosses from Delville wood, great stuff.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 09:40 PM

The Reverend Captain Eustace Hill MC at Delville Wood in 1919,searchind and identifying the South African dead for burial with Sister Flynn, whose brother Dudley Flynn was among the Dead. Did anyone write a book on Eustace Hill ?

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 05:27 AM

QUOTE (NickC @ Jul 31 2008, 11:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
. . . Did anyone write a book on Eustace Hill ?


Nick

That would be really worth reading.

Have only seen the mentions in the various Uys books and Digby's book.

I will look for other references

Here is the school web site http://www.stjohnscollege.co.za/

No connection with the school but I did watch my son play cricket there as a contemporary of a certain G Smith.

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 01:25 PM

QUOTE (NickC @ Jul 31 2008, 11:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
. . . Did anyone write a book on Eustace Hill ?


Nick

Have sent an email to Ian Uys asking for information on the Delville Wood Crosses and for references on Padre Hill.

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 05:16 PM

QUOTE (Carl Hoehler @ Aug 1 2008, 06:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nick

That would be really worth reading.

Have only seen the mentions in the various Uys books and Digby's book.

I will look for other references

Here is the school web site http://www.stjohnscollege.co.za/

No connection with the school but I did watch my son play cricket there as a contemporary of a certain G Smith.

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Thanks Carl
A book on the man would be worth reading or writing if one could source enough information and had some literary qualities which at the moment i have neither.

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 11:29 AM

. . . . the sixth cross?


This is a view of a cross in Durban that has been recently restored. Ken Gillings has provided details which can be provided on request

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