Sue Hill (late 1960's) - Passed away February 3rd 2001.
A photo of our school on the Facebook Group “Brighton Past” generated lots of interest. It included a comment from a lady called Gillian Bliss who subsequently emailed us to say “My niece Sue Hill went to SMH at the end of the 1960s. Unfortunately, Sue was killed in a glider accident in Australia. My sister Ann (now Mrs Hayes) was her step mother and is also Clare Purkis’ Godmother. We lived very close to St. Mary’s Hall and many, many years ago, Miss Hemsley (I think she taught French) ‘boarded’ in our house. Miss Hemsley subsequently moved along Eastern Road, very close to the school in 1949.” We contacted Sue’s stepmother, Ann Hayes, who told her that Sue had helped set up the much loved Mouse House (Noddy’s inspired idea) and when the girls used to come out on 'croc' they would pop in to Ann’s house and clear her out of bread and cheese! Sue was apparently always 2nd or third in class, only beaten by (Ann thought) a girl who was the daughter of the then Vicar of St Mary's Church. A back copy of the Argus provided a full and moving Obituary, extracts from which follow:
Susan Hill, 46, was an experienced glider pilot and spent several months a year in Australia flying a machine she had shipped out from Sussex. She died in an accident in Benalla, a remote area of Victoria.
A former pupil of St Mary's Hall, Brighton, she was one of the top pupils of her year and went straight into accountancy with the London firm Deloitte after leaving St Mary's Hall. Her former housemistress Margaret Payne, paid tribute to her former pupil. She said: "She was a very determined girl who was very good at her work. I was shocked when I heard of the accident. She loved flying and the only consolation is that she died doing something she loved."
Susan, a chartered accountant, was membership secretary of the Horsham Samaritans and a spokeswoman said: "Susan was an invaluable member of our branch. She played an enormous part in its running. She also set up our web site and was even updating it from Australia."