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1913 Welcome Home Rev. & Mrs Mills

by janet on 4 December 2011 · 2 comments

Welcome Home Rev. & Mrs Mills

From the November 2010 issue of the Walkern Journal with updates by Robin Mills, the son of Rev Mills]

It is important to remember those who gave their lives in conflict, but also to reflect upon those who went to war and thankfully returned. The rector of St Mary?s at the time of the War Memorial dedication, Rev William Eustace Mills, was one of those brave men.

Born in 1881 in Berkshire, son of The Rev. William, R Mills of Benington, he went to Winchester school then Kings College Cambridge. Ordained as a priest in 1905, he was initially curate of Barking, Essex, before becoming Rector of Walkern from 1913 to 1921 and finally following in his father?s footsteps by becoming Rector of Benington, 1921-48. He married Everilda Louise Tindall Lucas at St Mary?s, Walkern, in 1913.

Welcome Home Rev Mills. Walkern High Street, just south of Froghall Lane looking north

He was in the French Red Cross during the 1914-18 war, serving in Salonika (Thessalonika). Greece was neutral during WW1, but Entente Forces were given permission to land troops in Thessaloniki from 1915, in order to support their Serb allies in the Macedonian Front.

The two Welcome Home photos were not taken, as generally thought, upon Rev Mills’ return to Walkern from war. His son, Robin Mills wrote to the Walkern Journal to say that the photos are dated

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Jon April 30, 2016 at 2:41 pm

William Eustace Mills was born on 24th March 1881 at Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and was the grandson of William George Nixey 1812-1870 the inventor and patentee of the world renowned Nixey’s Refined Black Lead

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Claude Hitching November 3, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Benington Lordship and Peterscourt
You will see from my website that I have been researching the lives and work of James Pulham and Son for some time now, and that I publish a monthly feature called ‘Site of the Month’ that discusses one of the sites on which their work can still be found. You will no doubt know that they built the Norman Folly at Benington Lordship in 1835-38 – when it was in the hands of George Proctor – and I am sure that they also built the small maze at Peterscourt – which I understand used to be the old Rectory – probably c1881, soon after the Rev William Mills was appointed Rector of St Peter’s Church.
I am wondering whether Leonard Proctor – who owned The Lordship at that time – may have been the benefactor who funded this project, based on the assumption that the Rev Mills would have been unlikely to have been able to afford such a project, and that the Proctors would have recommended the Pulhams, based on their knowledge of the work they did at The Lordship.
I would be very interested to know if you have any information that may either confirm or deny this assumption in order to assure me of its accuracy or feasibility before I publish anything about it.
I thank you in anticipation of your help,
Sincerely,
Claude Hitching

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