Hill, A J (John)
John will be remembered primarily at Hurst as a magnificent actor. The Sussex Daily News of December 1939 described him as ‘the most remarkable Shakespearean actor that Hurst has produced’. At the age of 16 he played Malvolio, described as ‘the proud peacock riding… an actor who could polish his portrayal until it shone in every detail’. In the following years he played Hamlet and Romeo.
He returned to Hurst to teach and produced Hamlet in 1946, and then he moved to Wolverley where he taught at Sebright and later at Heathfield. After he retired he was heavily involved with the Church of St John the Baptist at Wolverley, where he was treasurer for some 25 years. He was a much-loved character there and is remembered for his wit and for his pipe smoking!
His sister taught the ‘cello at Hurst for some years, and his nephew Simon sang with the Kings Singers for many years. In recent years he has returned to Hurst on several occasions. We remember him with affection.