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Death of Sir James Hills- Johnes, V.C., G.C.B. It is with regret we record the death of Lieut.-General Sir James Hills-Johnes, V.C.. G.C.B., which sad event occurred at Dolau- cothi on Friday morning last, at the age of 86 years. j The deceased gentleman attended Caio Church on C hristmas Day, subsequently, as was his custom, visited the poor people of the village. He was taken ill on Boxing Day, and his medical man found he was suffering from a chill on the liver. No anxiety was felt until Monday, when he was taken sud- denly worse, and expired as redorted above. Sir James was born in India, educated in Scotland, employed for 35 years as a soldiei through some of the most memorable incidents in the history of British arms, and spent the last 36 years in peaceful retirement, using his influence for the good of the community. He saw a great deal of service in the Horse Artillery during the Indian Mutiny from 1857 to 1858, being present at actions on the Hindun River, Badle-Ka-Serai, Nujjsefghur, and the siege and storming of Delhi, at which occurred that display of brilliant bravery which won for the then Lieut. James Hills the greatly prized V.C. The date was Tuiy 9th, 1857. It was a fter his marriage in 1882 that the famous soldier became well known m South Wales. In that year he was married in the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster Abbey tc Elizabeth, youngest daughter of the late John Jones, of Dolaucothi, and in 1883 he assumed the surname of Johnes by Royal licence. Sir James and Lady Hills- Johnes celebrated their silver wedding in 1907. Sir James took a keen interest in public affairs, and was an alderman of the Carmar- thenshire County Council, a trustee and chair- man of the Carmarthenshire Infirmary, a mem- ber of the Committee of the West Wales Sanatorium, the Carmarthenshire Chamber of Agriculture, and of the Llandovery Board ol Guardians. He was also at one time chair- man of the Technical Instruction Committee of the Carmarthenshire County Council, trustee and hon. treasurer of Llandovery Col- lege, and some years ago was treasurer of the University College of South Wales and Mon. mouthshire. Two years ago the University of Wales conferred upon him an honorary degree. He was appointed hon. colonel of the Car- marthenshire Artillery (Militia) in 1891, and has shewn great interest in the citizen army during his chairmanship of the Carmarthen- shire Territorial Association. He was presi- dent of the United Services Brigade (Swan- sea), a governor of the Corps of Commis- sionaires, and an active supporter of rifle clubs in South Wales. On May 31st, 1910, he was presented with the honorary freedom of the borough of Carmarthen as a recognition of his services to the county of his adoption.