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Basil Alexander Hill

Basil Hill
Birth nameBasil Alexander Hill
Date of birth23 April 1880
Place of birthBroughty Ferry
Date of death31 July 1960
Place of deathCoupar, Angus, Scotland (aged 80 years 99 days)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Blackheath ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1903-1907  England 9 Pts:10;

Major General Sir Basil Alexander Hill, KBE, CB, DSO, JP (23 April 1880 – 31 July 1960) was a British Army officer and rugby union international who represented England from 1903 to 1907.[1] He also captained his country.[1][2]

Early life

Hill was born on 23 April 1880 in Broughty Ferry.[1]

Rugby union career

Hill made his international debut on 14 February 1903 at Lansdowne Road in the Ireland vs England match.[1] Of the 9 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 2 occasions.[1] He played his final match for England on 12 January 1907 at St Helen's, Swansea in the Wales vs England match.[1]

Military career

Hill was commissioned into the Royal Marine Artillery as a second lieutenant in 1897, and promoted to lieutenant on 1 July 1898.[3] He transferred to the Army Ordnance Department in 1908, and eventually retired as a major-general.

He served with the Royal Marine Artillery during the Siege of Tsingtao in 1914 and later at Gallipoli, for which he was Mentioned in Despatches. He later took part in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, and was twice mentioned in despatches. For his service in the Great War, he received the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on 1 January 1917 and was promoted brevet lieutenant-colonel.

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1937, and knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1941. He was Colonel Commandant, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, 1942-1947. He was a Justice of the Peace (JP) for Kent.[2]

Hill died on 31 July 1960


  1. ^ a b c d e f Basil Hill Profile on
  2. ^ a b Basil Hill"Rugby Player
  3. ^ "No. 27175". The London Gazette. 20 March 1900. p. 1877.