Dictionary of Welsh Biography



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HILLS-JOHNES Sir JAMES ( 1833 - 1919 ), general ; b. 20 Aug. 1833 , son of James Hills , Neechindipore , Bengal , India , and Charlotte , daughter of Angelo Savi . He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and Addiscombe . He entered the Bengal Artillery in 1853 and served in the Indian Mutiny , 1857-8 , winning the Victoria Cross for saving his battery at the siege of Delhi . He served in the Abyssinian campaign , 1867-8 , and the Lushai campaign , 1871-2 , and was awarded the C.B. He fought also in the Afghanistan war , 1878-80 , was made military governor of the Kabul , made K.C.B. in 1881 , and advanced, in 1893 , to G.C.B. Hills m., 1882 , Charlotte , daughter and coheiress of John Johnes , Dolaucothi, Carms. ; in 1883 he assumed, by royal licence, the additional name and arms of Johnes . He was honorary colonel of the 4th battalion of the Welch Regiment , was J.P. and D.L. for Carmarthenshire , served as high sheriff of that county, 1886 , and was made an honorary freeman of the town of Carmarthen in 1910 . He was treasurer of Aberystwyth University College , 1898-1919 , and was awarded the honorary degree of LL.D. by the University of Wales in 1917 . He d. 3 Jan. 1919 .

Bibliography:

  • State Papers , 1857 ;
  • Burke's Landed Gentry ;
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

Major Herbert Johnes Lloyd-Johnes, F.S.A., (1900-83), Monmouth / Cirencester