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Edwin Hill Neill (1905–1977)

MELBOURNE: The chairman of David Syme and Co Ltd, publisher of The Age, Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Hill Balfour Neill, died yesterday, aged 72.

Colonel Neill had been chairman of David Syme since 1964. He was born in New Zealand and was educated at Geelong Grammar and Jesus College, Cambridge.

He became a professional soldier with the Seaforth Highlanders at 21 and served for 20 years.

In World War II he served in France and Flanders in 1940, Burma 1942-45 and Java in 1946. He was mentioned in dispatches.

Colonel Neill is survived by his wife, Nancy, a granddaughter of David Syme, for many years sole proprietor of the Age, his son James and three stepchildren.

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