Son of Commander George Hillyard, lawn tennis player and Secretary of the All England Lawn Tennis Club from 1907 to 1925, and Blanche Bingley Hillyard, six times Wimbledon women?s singles champion.
Jack Hillyard attended Harrow public school and played in the Eton versus Harrow cricket match in 1909 and 1910. During World War I, he served in the Royal Field Artillery, spending four years in France. In 1952, he married as his second wife Mary Penelope Colthurst, daughter of Sir Richard St John Jefferyes Colthurst, 8th Baronet; she inherited Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland.
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