William Gill, a Victorian Explorer and Spy – 8pm Wed 17 June 2020

Join us for an excellent talk by Tony Hadland on the subject of William Gill. Join us  at 8Pm on Wed 17th  June 2020 at St Paul’s Church Hall, Tadley RG26 3PB.

Captain William John Gill (10 September 1843 – 11 August 1882) was an English explorer and British army officer. He was born in Bangalore, India, the second child and elder son of the army officer, artist and photographer Major Robert Gill (1804 – 1879)

Apart from a monument in the crypt of St Paul’s, William Gill is commemorated by a stained glass window in Rochester Cathedral (which has close links with the Royal Engineers), by the Royal Geographical Society’s Gill Memorial Award and by the Gill Scholarships at Brighton College. William Gill brought back to England samples of a number of plant species hitherto unknown in the west. Some of these were given Latin names honouring Gill. They include the evergreen oak Quercus gilliana. He was even commemorated on a stamp!

 

 

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