Location

The plaque is on the back of one of the choristers stalls in the chancel.
North side, back row, second from the west end.
 

Memorial
Plaque to General Viscount Hill G.C.B.
 
Inscription
GENERAL VISCOUNT HILL
G.C.B. COMMANDING IN
CHIEF 1828-1842 DIED
DEC.10 1842 AGE 79
DD: HIS NEPHEW VIS-
COUNT HILL.

 

Further Information
 
General Hill, second son of Sir John Hill, Bart., of Hawkstone, entered the army at the age of 15, and obtained a Captaincy before he was twenty. He was with Moore at Corunna. He also served in the campaigns of 1809, 1810 and 1811, under the Duke of Wellington and displayed great gallantry and great talent as a commander. When the army returned home the fame of General Hill was second only to that of Wellington. He was created Baron Hill of Almarez and Hawkstone, received a Parliamentary grant of 2000 a year; and both title and annuity were granted to his nephew in remainder. He was also made a G.C.B. He commanded a division at Waterloo, and remained with the army of occupation, as second in command, until it quitted the French territory. He was Commander-in-Chief of the army from 1821 (sic) to 1842. After his resignation, he was created a Viscount. He died December 10th 1842, in his seventy first (sic) year.
 
General Rowland Hill is buried at the 12th Century Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Hadnall a small parish just north of Shrewsbury. His monument depicts a mourning soldier and a mourning tenant, the latter as a reminder of his former estate nearby. He was born a little way to the north near Hawkstone and was one of sixteen children, of whom five were to see service with the Army. Though the house that he died in (Hardwicke Grange) just outside Hadnall is no longer there, we are told that his gardens were designed using the battle plan. There is a monumental statue to his memory in Shrewsbury, to commerate the greatness of this man.
 
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