Hill, Nicholas Weatherby

Captain / Oxfordshire and Bucks. Light Infantry

1896 - 1917

Nicholas Weatherby Hill was born 7 August 1896, the son of Henry Hill, an architect, of Winchester and Mary Hill, of Donhead, Salisbury. He had six Wykehamist brothers, all in H House, Bramston's.

Nicholas came to Winchester in September 1909 from Horris Hill and was placed high up on the Roll to College in two successive years, but elected to take an Exhibition and instead went into G House, Sergeant's. At Winchester he developed a great variety of gifts: he was Sen Co. Prae. in 1914, won a Classical Scholarship at New College, Oxford (which he never took up), played in Lords for two years and would have been captain had he stayed his full time, and was a member of Commoner VI. He also possessed a strong feeling for art, and played the piano with great ability.

He left Winchester early, in the spring of 1915, for RMC Sandhurst, was gazetted in the following autumn to the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. He won the M.C. a few months before his death - he fell near Courcelette on 16 January 1917, killed by shell fire while on his way to the front line trenches.

In addition to the various memorials at Win Coll, Nicholas is also commemorated in a memorial window designed by his father at St. Matthew's Church, Weeke.

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