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Remembered Today:

Hon Violet Mills MBE, VAD

Matt JB

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I wonder if anyone has more information on Violet Mills, daughter of Lord Hillingdon?


Violet was a matron of a VAD Hospital at her father’s home of Wildenesse House, Seal, near Sevenoaks, and was honoured after the war.


An album of photos from this period is held at IWM Duxford, which I want to visit when I can but I can’t find much other information on her. Any other info on Wildernesse Hospital would also be of interest.






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1.  Hon. Violet Louisa Mills is the daughter of Sir Charles Henry Mills 2nd bart, 1st Baron Hillingdon, and his wife Lady Louisa Isabella nee Lascelles.

Charles Henry Mills and his wife Louisa had 10 children. See B1-B10 here:




2.  Violet's birth was registered Jan-Feb-Mar 1872, St George Hanover Square, and she died unmarried on 11 March 1958 in Kent.


3.  Violet's MBE (Civil Division) was announced in the London Gazette on 30 March 1920:




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Two interesting WW1 connections to Hon. Violet Mills, whose father 1st Baron Hillingdon, was a partner in the family banking firm of Glyn, Mills & Co, London, bankers to many railway companies amongst other activities.


Her nephew, Hon. Charles Thomas Mills MP. 2nd Lieut Scots Guards. Killed in action 5th October 1915, he was the sixth member of Parliament & one time youngest MP to have died in action in WW1. Mobilised 1914 as Lieut West Kent Yeomanry, but in May 1915 dropped rank & transfered to Scots Guards to serve overseas, served at The Battle of Loos. On his death his brother Hon. Lieut Arthur Robert Mills was recalled from Gallipoli to sit as MP in his brothers seat of Uxbridge.


Her sister Hon Isabel Mills was married to General Sir Herbert Lawrence GCB (1882-1943), a partner in the bank. A regular army officer till 1903, he was recalled from retirement in 1914. He commanded a Division at Gallipoli, and ended the war as Chief of the General Staff, British Armies in France. Once considered as a candidate for Viceroy of India. I saw him mentioned as one of the officers that General Gough requested help from in 1918 to strengthen the line held by 5th Army in France prior to the German Spring Offensive.


My interest in this is that both men are mentioned in a book produced by Glynn, Mills Currie & Co Bank after WW1 to show services rendered of all employees, including civilians who served. I have a copy of this book & am happy to do any lookups. Service ranges from Herbert Lawrence above to a man who spent a few weeks tent making at the White City Stadium.

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  • 4 years later...

Hi all I am a decendant of the Hillingdon Mills line, if there is anything I can help with, please let me know


Charles Mills

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