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Collis St Hill

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Lieutenant-Colonel Collis George Herbert St Hill (23 June 1865 – 8 July 1917[1]) was a British Army officer in the Royal North Devon Hussars who fought in the Matabele, South African and Gallipoli campaigns.[2]

Collis George Herbert St Hill
Born23 June 1865
Wellington, New Zealand
Died8 July 1917(1917-07-08) (aged 52)
Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery
Allegiance United Kingdom (1801–1920)
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1899–1917
Battles/warsThe evacuation of Suvla Bay
World War I
MemorialsSt Disen's Church, Bradninch


St Hill was born on 23 June 1865 to Rev. Canon Henry and Mary St Hill in Wellington, New Zealand.[3] He was raised in an upper middle class family, his grandfather was Charles Sainthill of Bradninch Manor in Devon.[4] He married the daughter of Sir Spencer Maryon-Wilson, 10th Baronet (1829–1897) Rosie Maryon-Wilson on the 23rd June 1899 at Queen's Gate.[5] They lived together in Beaufort Gardens in Kensington.

Memorial at St Disen's Church

They had one daughter and one son:

  • Colline Ammabel St Hill (1899-1985), married Michael Hanbury-Tracy in 1937.[6]
  • Hereward Maryon Sainthill (1904-1970) married Veronica Mansfield in 1940.[7]

St Hill died in battle during the Great War in France on 8 July 1917.[1] His grandson Merlin Hanbury-Tracy, 7th Baron Sudeley takes Sainthill as middlename in honour of his family.

Military service[edit]

St Hill joined the British army in 1899 as a commissioned officer, and served for eighteen years in the Royal North Devon Hussars. During his commission fought in the Matabele Wars (1894-1896), Angoni Campaign (1897-1898), the South African War (1900) and in the First World War.[8] St Hill is notable for his role commanding 6th Lincolns at the evacuation of Sulva Bay in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign the 2nd and 5th Sherwood Foresters at Villers Pluich.[9] He was mentioned in Despatches on the 7th of November 1917 for his 'Gallant and distinguished services in the field'.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lt-Col Collis George Herbert St Hill b. 23 Jun 1865 New Zealand d. 8 Jul 1917 France: Historyscape: Only Connect". Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  2. "George Herbert St Hill | New Zealand War Graves Project". Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  3. "Collis George Herbert St Hill". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  4. "Lt-Col CGH St. Hill Photo - North Devon Hussars". Great War Forum. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  5. "Rosie Amabel Maryon Wilson b. 1871 Barkham, Uckfield, Sussex d. 25 Nov 1949 24 Basil Mansions, London SW3: Historyscape: Only Connect". Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  6. "Colline Ammabel St Hill b. 16 Nov 1899 Kensington Registration District, London d. 1985 Windsor and Maidenhead Registration District, Berkshire: Historyscape: Only Connect". Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  7. "Hereward Maryon Sainthill b. 2 Nov 1904 Kensington Registration District, London d. 1970 Westminster Registration District, London: Historyscape: Only Connect". Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  8. "Casualty". Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  9. "Index No. Fr 905 Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery". p. 14.
  10. "World War 1 despatches". Retrieved 2020-04-26.

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