James Hill
Officer in the British Army
James Hill
Brigadier Stanley James Ledger Hill DSO & Two Bars, MC was an officer in the British Army who served as commander of the 3rd Parachute Brigade of 6th Airborne Division during the Second World War. Born in Bath, Somerset, Hill was educated at Marlborough College and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before joining the British Army in 1931 and being commissioned into the Royal Fusiliers.
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Whatcom County Jail report for Aug. 27-28 - Bellingham Herald
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Cory James Hill, booked by Bellingham Police Department for failure to appear for possession of marijuana. Anthony John Ryan Zavala, booked by Blaine Police Department for third-degree theft and minor in possession of alcohol
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Summit Avenue is lined with mansions and steeped in history - Pioneer Press
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While James Hill favored a brooding manse, his son Louis Hill built a brick Georgian Revival with a large white-columned portico that looks like it came off a Southern plantation. The back half of the house was built in 1902 and designed by Clarence
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Take to the streets for a festival of folk [Newcastle Evening Chronicle (England)] - TMC Net
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The folk-fiddle foursome take their name from the former Newcastle residence of James Hill, the pre-eminent 19th Century fiddler. Hill's commontime hornpipes - The High Level Bridge and The Beeswing, for example - became standard fare in the folk
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West Hill School GCSE results 2011 - Manchester Evening News
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... 3(7),Haveliwala Karan 14(14),Alexander Hazell 10(11),Jack Heaney 10(10.5),Ryan Heap 13(13),James Hill 4(8.5),Samuel Hills 3(6),Ryan Hilton 10(11),Richard Hindley 4(6.5),Connor Hirst 1(6),Conor Horne 3(7),Jake Howard 6(9),Philip Howarth 14(14),
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Maxine Ellis - The Tennessean
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Survivors include her daughter, Donna Lynn Ellis (James Hill) of Memphis; brother, James “Jim” Carney of Chapmansboro; sisters, Geraldine Balthrop of Chapmansboro, Mae Shipman of Gainesville, Fla., Pearl Eaton of San Francisco, Calif., Waydene (Ben)
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James Hill Gressette Jr. -- Orangeburg - The Times and Democrat
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Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm Friday, Aug. 19, at First Baptist Church in Orangeburg. The family will receive friends from 11 am to 1 pm Friday, Aug. 19, at 1807 Columbia Road, Orangeburg. Burial will follow at West End Cemetery,
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Band Teaches Lessons in Music and Character - KSAL
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(from left) Sheriff Glen Kochanowski, Lt. Allan Lytton, Mr. William McMosley, Captain Dennis Gassman & Chief James Hill. The beginning of the new school year has one Salina man out on the recruiting trail
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Athletics: Third place for depleted Cornwall AC team - Falmouth Packet
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A much more balanced Men's team of nine athletes finished forty nine points ahead of their closest rivals, Poole AC, led by just more invaluable contributions from James Hill (five events) and Phil Warwicker (4 events). The real damage was done in the
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Cestrians look to have Dukes NEPL title sewn up - Sunderland Echo
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The day started well enough for Shields as Phil Bell (41) and James Hill (35) gave them a solid start in an opening partnership of 70, but once Jaspreet Singh was introduced to the Wearsiders attack everything changed. Singh removed both openers in
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BEST BET: Uke lovers and players come together - North County Times
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Had he waited only nine more days to visit, he could've compared his chops on the ukulele to uke stars Jake Shimabukuro and James Hill at the inaugural San Diego Ukulele Festival, which features a mix of paid and free performances July 14 to 16 at the
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Cannon County escapees captured - The Daily News Journal
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James Hill, 31, was caught about 10 pm Wednesday in downtown Woodbury behind the Rite Aid Drug Store on West Main Street. Sanders had been arrested last weekend on drug charges. Hill had been jailed since March on an attempted murder charge
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Bobcat sighted in Coquitlam - Global Toronto
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COQUITLAM – A bobcat was sighted by Coquitlam resident James Hill earlier today, and he managed to grab some video of the wild cat. “It was right in front of my driveway,” said Hill. He initially thought it was a lynx, but conservation officers have
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Sir James Hill steps down after 20 years - Bradford Telegraph and Argus
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Cancer Support Bradford & Airedale has bid farewell to Sir James Hill, who has stood down from the charity's board of trustees after 20 years of service. During his tenure, Sir James saw the charity evolve from small beginnings in Little Germany in
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Body found in Henderson home identified - KVVU Las Vegas
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Authorities found Tangan's bloody body Wednesday after receiving a 911 call from 50-year-old James Hill, who said the woman was a prostitute he hired to come to his home on Valle Verde Drive near Wigwam Parkway. Hill was charged with murder after
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 94
    He died on 16 March 2006, two days after his 95th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details He is survived by his second wife and a daughter from the first marriage, Gillian Bridget Sanda.
  • 2004
    Age 92
    On 6 June 2004 he attended the 60th Anniversary of the Normandy landings, and a bronze statue of him was unveiled at Le Mesnil crossroads by Charles, Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief of The Parachute Regiment.
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  • 1986
    Age 74
    Hill married for a second time, wedding Joan Patricia Haywood in 1986.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1945
    Age 33
    He retired from the British Army in July 1945, although he continued to serve as an officer in the Territorial Army, raising the 4th Parachute Brigade (Territorial Army) in 1947 and serving as its commanding officer until 1949.
    More Details Hide Details After standing down as commander of the brigade, Hill served on the board of a number of companies, including Lloyds Bank, the Associated Coal and Wharf Companies, and Powell Duffryn of Canada. Hill was an avid birdwatcher, with a particular claim to fame for being only the second person to discover a cuckoo's egg in the nest of a whinchat. He also helped to set up the Parachute Regiment Association and the Airborne Forces Security fund, acting as a trustee of the latter organisation for thirty years and chairman for five years.
    In May 1945 Hill served as military governor of Copenhagen, for which he was awarded the King Haakon VII Liberty Cross, and then assumed command of the 1st Parachute Brigade and oversaw its demobilisation.
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  • 1944
    Age 32
    On 16 December 1944, the Germans launched a huge offensive in the Ardennes forest, with the German objective to split British and American forces apart and capture the port of Antwerp, an important logistical base for the Allies.
    More Details Hide Details The initial assaults were extremely successful, creating a salient some fifty miles wide and forty-five miles deep, and by 23 December German units were advancing towards Dinant. American resistance was fierce, however, and blunted German advances in several areas, particularly the U.S. 101st Airborne Division around the town of Bastogne. By Christmas Day the offensive had been halted and contained, and an Allied counter-offensive began. Although the majority of the troops committed belonged to the American First and Third Armies, British XXX Corps also participated, with the British 6th Airborne Division as one of its leading divisions. The division had been in England since the beginning of September, and had been due to go on Christmas leave only days before the counter-offensive began; however, it was quickly transported to the Ardennes, arriving on the night of 24 December. By 26 December the 6th Airborne Division, now commanded by Major-General Eric Bols, had positioned itself between the towns of Dinant and Namur, and on 29 December it advanced against the German salient, with the 3rd Parachute Brigade, under James Hill, occupying an area around Rochefort.
  • 1943
    Age 31
    The 3rd Parachute Brigade was initially attached to the 1st Airborne Division, but in April 1943 Lathbury was given command of 1st Parachute Brigade, which departed with 1st Airborne Division at the end of April for the Mediterranean theatre and Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily.
    More Details Hide Details The 3rd Parachute Brigade was detached from the division in March and remained in England, and on 23 April it was transferred into the newly formed 6th Airborne Division with Hill as the brigade's new commander. On 11 August, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was attached to the 3rd Parachute Brigade; although meant to be assigned to the newly formed 5th Parachute Brigade, also attached to the 6th Airborne Division, it instead replaced the 7th Parachute Battalion, which was transferred to the new parachute brigade. The 6th Airborne Division, under the command of Major-General Richard Nelson Gale, was fully mobilised by late December 1943, with orders to prepare for airborne operations to be conducted during mid-1944. The division's first airborne operation would also be the first time it saw combat, conducting Operation Tonga, the British airborne landings in Normandy on the night of 5/6 June, D-Day. It was tasked with guarding the left flank of the British amphibious landings by securing the area east of the city of Caen, capturing a number of bridges that spanned several rivers and canals, and then preventing any Axis forces from advancing on the British beaches. The 3rd Parachute Brigade was given several tasks to accomplish. The 9th Parachute Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Terence Otway, was to assault and destroy the Merville Gun Battery, as well as capturing high ground and setting up roadblocks. The 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was to destroy two bridges, and the 8th Parachute Battalion had the task of destroying three bridges.
  • 1942
    Age 30
    The War Office had authorised the raising of the brigade on 5 November 1942, comprising the 7th, 8th and 9th Parachute Battalions, all converted infantry battalions.
    More Details Hide Details The 9th Parachute Battalion was in need of a commanding officer and Lathbury offered the job to Hill, who accepted. His first action was to send the entire unit on a forced march, at the end of which he announced that the battalion would "work a six and a half day week" with Sunday afternoons off, until it was well-trained and fit.
    After it had been brought to full operational strength, partly by cross posting personnel from the newly formed 2nd Parachute Brigade, and had been provided with sufficient equipment and resources, the brigade departed for North Africa at the beginning of November 1942.
    More Details Hide Details As an insufficient number of transport aircraft were allocated to the brigade, it was only possible to transport the 3rd Parachute Battalion by air. The rest of the brigade arrived at Algiers on 12 November, with some of its stores arriving slightly later. By the evening, reconnaissance parties had travelled to the airfield at Maison Blanche, with the remainder of the brigade following on the morning of 13 November; it was quartered in Maison Blanche, Maison Carree and Rouiba. After several ambitious airborne operations were planned but then cancelled by British First Army, on 14 November it directed that a single parachute battalion would be dropped the next day near Souk el-Arba and Béja; the battalion was to contact French forces at Beja to ascertain whether they would remain neutral, or support the Allies; secure and guard the cross roads and airfield at Soul el Arba; and patrol eastwards to harass German forces. 1st Parachute Battalion was selected for the task, to which Hill objected. The battalion had been forced to unload the vessel carrying its supplies and equipment itself, and had also to arrange its own transportation to Maison Blanche as no drivers were provided at Algiers; when it had arrived at Maison Blanche, it had been subjected to several Luftwaffe air raids that targeted the airfield. Hill argued that as a result his men were exhausted, and he did not believe all of the battalion's equipment could be sorted out within twenty four hours; as such he asked for the operation to be postponed for a short period, but this was denied.
    In July 1942 the 1st Parachute Battalion was selected to participate in the Dieppe Raid, and got as far as being loaded onto transport aircraft before poor weather cancelled the operation; when the raid was planned for a second time the parachute battalion was removed because their deployment was too dependent on there being good weather on the day of the raid.
    More Details Hide Details In mid September, as 1st Airborne Division was coming close to reaching full strength, Browning was informed that Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa, would take place in November. After being informed that an American airborne unit, the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, was to be used during the invasion, Browning successfully advocated for the 1st Parachute Brigade to also be included. He argued that a larger airborne force should be utilised during the invasion, as the large distances and comparatively light opposition would provide a number of opportunities for airborne operations. The War Office and Commander in Chief, Home Forces were won over by the argument, and agreed to detach the brigade from 1st Airborne Division and place it under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who would command all Allied troops participating in the invasion.
    The battalion was part of 1st Parachute Brigade, which by mid-1942 had been expanded into 1st Airborne Division under the command of Major-General F.A.M. Browning.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1941
    Age 29
    When this task was completed, he volunteered for the fledgling Parachute Regiment, part of the British Army's growing airborne forces, and undertook parachute training; when the 1st Parachute Battalion was formed on 15 August 1941, he was appointed as its second-in-command.
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  • 1940
    Age 28
    The Battle of France began in May 1940, by which time Hill was attached to the command post of Field Marshal Lord Gort; during this period he was involved in planning the evacuation of the civilian population of Brussels, and also carried Gort's dispatches to Calais ordering the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF).
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the campaign, he took command of the evacuation of the beach at La Panne, and was on the last destroyer to leave Dunkirk. For these actions, he was awarded the Military Cross. On his return to Britain, he was promoted to Major and travelled to Dublin in the Irish Free State, where he planned for the evacuation of British citizens from the city should German forces land there.
    He then commanded a platoon for several months, when the battalion was stationed along the Maginot Line, before being promoted to the rank of Captain in January 1940 and joining the staff at Allied Headquarters.
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  • 1939
    Age 27
    When the Second World War began in September 1939, Hill was recalled to his regiment and given command of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers' advance party when the battalion left for France during the same month.
    More Details Hide Details The battalion was assigned to the 12th Infantry Brigade, part of the 4th Infantry Division.
  • 1936
    Age 24
    He ran the regimental athletic and boxing associations during his service with the regiment, and in 1936 transferred to the Supplementary Reserve in order to marry his first wife, Denys Gunter-Jones.
    More Details Hide Details For the next three years he worked as part of his family's ferry company.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1931
    Age 19
    He joined the British Army in 1931, being commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant into the Royal Fusiliers (City of London regiment), the regiment which his father commanded.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1911
    Born
    Born on March 14, 1911.
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