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Pte. Edward Miller . British Army 8th Battalion South Lancashire from Birkenhead, Wirral
(d.10th July 1916)
Edwin John Miller . British Army Middlesex Regt from Hove, Sussex
Frederick Harry Miller . British Army from Hove, Sussex
Frederick Harry Miller . British Army Essex Regiment
Frederick Harry Miller served with the Essex Regtiment, he survived the War dying in 1928 at 35, he had been gassed several times in WW1. One of the others would be Horace Philip Miller killed July 1918 and the third brother whose first name is unknown. No one in the family, including their two neices knew their names so I think it time they were remembered somewhere.
Sjt. G. Miller . Army 2/7th Btn. Durham Light Infantry
Gnr. George William Miller . 50th Brigade, A Bty. from Hove, Sussex
(d.15th Nov 1917)
George William Miller is one of 3 brothers to died in WW1 he was the eldest born 1889. He died in Nov 1917 whilst serving with the RFA, his brothers Edwin John Miller born 1891 died Nov 1917 and Horace Philip Miller born 1895 died July 1918, both were in the Middx regt. Their brother Frederick Harry Miller born 1892 died in 1928 having been gassed 3 times in the trenches. Their father had predeceased them aged 35 in 1906. Their mother lived to 1956 but was never a happy woman. God bless them all.
Pte George Raimes Miller . British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers from 129, Wharton St., South Shields.
(d.14th April 1918)
Miller, George Raimes, Private 19/1495, Killed in action on 14th April 1918, aged 25 years. Son of William and Eleanor Miller, of 129, Wharton St., South Shields. .
Remembered on the Pozieres Memorial panel 16 to 18.
From the Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour
Lt. Godfrey Lyall Miller . British Army 11th Field Coy Royal Engineers (d.14th Sep 1914)
Lieutenant Godfrey Lyall Miller was killed in action at Port Arcy. He left a diary later published privately detailing his military service from the start of the war.
Horace Philip Miller . British Army Middlesex Regt from Hove, Sussex
Pte. Horace Philip "Holly" Miller . 13th Btn. from Hoxton, London
(d.20th Jul 1918)
Horace Miller is one of 3 brothers who died within a week of each other. All 3 forgotten, the names of the other 2 unknown, not even found as yet on 1901 or 1911 censuses. We only found Horace (Holly) because we have a Middx Regt banner with his nickname on it and trolling through the CWGC list of casualties. His widowed mother did not talk about it, in fact the family were kept at a distance at the time of deaths. I would greatly appreciate it if Holly can be remembered and even more if his brothers can be found to be remembered by descendants including his 2 nieces.
Pte. Jampson Young Miller . British Army 20th Btn. Durham Light Infantry from Sunderland, Co. Durham
Jampson Young Miller was born on 29 December 1882 in Church Walk which is the small lane that runs pass the Holy Trinity Church in the east end of Sunderland. His birth was also recorded wrongly as Jamson. Jampson was one of 9 children and his father was William Burlinson Miller and his mother was Eliza Usher, who were also both born in Sunderland.
Jampson served in the First World War in the Durham Light Infantry. He join up on 5 September 1915. Although records show he was attached to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion Durham Light Infantry his number is prefixed with a 20 indicating that he served overseas with the 20th (Wearside) Battalion. The 20th was raised in Sunderland on 10 July 1915 and landed in France on 5 May 1916.
The 20th Battalion DLI saw action at: Flers-Courcelette, Ancre Heights, Somme, 1916; Pilckem, Menin Road Ridge, Ypres, 1917; Bapaume, 1918; Somme, 1918; Ypres, 1918. and were disbanded in November 1918. The 20th Battalion was a part of the 123rd Brigade of the 41st Division. The Division formed in Britain in October 1915 from the Locally Raised or Pals Battalions from various parts of the country. Arrived in France in May 1916. Served in France and Flanders until November 1917 when the Division went to Italy, the Division served in Italy until March 1918 when it went back to France. The Division remained in France and Flanders until the Armistice. In March 1918 the 20th Balttalion was transferred to the 124th Brigade. The 124th was also part of the 41st Division.
The first battle in which Jampson was involved in was a very famous one, this was the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. Flers-Courcelette was the first battle during which Tanks were used in warfare. It is revealing to know that one of your ancestors was at a very famous event as this battle was. Jampson was known to have been gassed (this was likely during the Battles of Passchendaele when the German's used Mustard Gas). Jampson's army discharge papers show that Jampson was discharged on 12 February 1918 as been medically unfit for service. Jampson in fact from the war returned with a severe sharpnel wound in his back. This wound was so bad that you could place your fist in it. After the First World War worked as a labourer with the Sunderland Water Board doing sewage work.
The 20th Battalion DLI were involved in further battles of the Somme and Ypres in 1918. However, the next major battle on the Somme did not commence until 21 March 1918. Jampson was discharged in Febuary 1918 so it is possible he was wounded toward the end of the Third Battle of Ypres and was discharged when he had recovered sufficently to be released from hospital.
John Miller . Army Durham Light Infantry
This is a picture of my Grandfather, John Miller, and some comrades who served with the DLI during WW1. The photograph, I believe, was taken in a POW camp, somewhere in France.
Pte. John Henry Miller . British Army 5th Btn. Durham Light Infantry from 6 Elmtree Street, Rise Carr, Darlington
(d.24th Apr 1915)
John Henry Miller is Remembered with Honour at the Menin Gate Ypres
Notes on one man’s background and entry into the Great War. A portrait of the average soldier:
Private 1016 J.H. Miller of the 1/5 Durham Light Infantry, part of the York and Durham Brigade, Territorials, was my Great Grandfather. He was born in 1869 in the parish of St. Johns, Hull; his father Isaac was a stevedore in Hull docks. I have no idea yet, how and why John Henry came to Darlington but on 23rd December 1899 at age 30, he married Susannah Brown aged 21, in the parish church of St. Paul’s in Darlington. Susannah was originally from Brierly Hill in Staffordshire where her father Robert Brown had been a Brick maker. The 1901 census records John Henry as 31 years old and as a Railway Plate Layer; their first child Charlotte was not yet one year old. This new family of 3 lived with Susannah’s parents, Robert and Sarah Brown, and Susannah’s siblings in overcrowded conditions at 10 Boyne Street, Rise Carr in the Harrowgate Hill area of Darlington. By the time of the 1911 census, John Henry is recorded as being 43 and not 41 years of age and now living at 3 Boyne Street, with Susannah and their children, Charlotte (10), Isabel (8), John Robert (6) and Lillian (4). Louise Miller, my Grandmother was yet to be born and in fact was 2 days short of her first birthday when John Henry was eventually killed in action. The same census records my Great Grandad as being a Blacksmith Striker and Puddler in an iron works.
In spite of being only 5’ 7” tall John Henry Miller was clearly a fit and strong man involved in heavy industrial labour. Additionally, it is clear that by this time, this man had already become a “Saturday Night Soldier.” Enlistment Papers and Army Medial Reports show Private Miller as fit on 11th March 1908. The same papers also indicate previous military service by John Henry as a gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery Regiment, being discharged from the terms of his engagement at Dover on 9th August 1907. Previous service in the West Indies and Boer Wars are not the focus of attention here and remain the subject of research elsewhere. Suffice to say all indications are that he was a very good soldier and bandsman. Why was my Great Grandad in the T.A.? Perhaps the reorganization of the army in 1908, perhaps a sense of duty and pride, but more likely the need for extra money for a large and growing family. The King’s shilling was of great importance to many struggling working class North Eastern families at that time.
At the outbreak of war in August 1914, Private 1016 Miller was a member of the 5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, in D, E or H company (Darlington) and based at Stockton on Tees as part of the York and Durham Brigade. Kitchener’s Saturday Night Soldiers were the object of scorn and contempt from many senior army officials at that time. Ironic that their contribution to the war effort would prove to be so significant and invaluable. There is to me additional and greater irony that Lord Kitchener should add his stamp to the pro forma message of condolence and sympathy from His Majesty following Private Miller’s eventual death.
On 10th August 1914 the battalion moved from Stockton on Tees up to Hartlepool and by October that year via Ravensworth Park, the battalion were billeted in Newcastle. It is worth noting that during this time many Officers were taken ill due to the apparently poor living conditions in which they were placed. Also during this time Private Miller signed along with thousands of others an agreement to serve overseas. This was a period of increasingly intense preparation and training.
On 16th April 1915 the battalion boarded a train at Newcastle station and departed at 1.30 pm bound for Folkestone via York, Doncaster, Spalding, March and London. 17th April 1915 saw the arrival of the Battalion at Folkestone between 12.45 and 1.00 am. and there began the immediate embarkation on board the Invicta. Records show that by 2.00 am they were underway on a very calm sea. A famous poem by a Sgt. Wilkes notes there was “no merriment or singing.” As an aside the Invicta was a cross channel turbine steamer of 1680 tonnes built in 1905 by William Denny and Sons in Dumbarton, owned and operated by the South Eastern and Chatham Rail Company before she was sold in 1923 to a French company Saga. The battalion arrived at Boulogne in France shortly before dawn on the 17th April. They disembarked immediately and began a cold and damp march up a steep hill to the outskirts of Boulogne and St. Martin’s Camp. Here the battalion rested until 5.30 pm that day. In the early evening John Henry and his comrades marched some seven miles to Pont de Briques where they entrained for Cassell at approximately 2.00 am.
18th April, the whole battalion marched 8 miles to Steenvoorde and were billeted by company in various local farms. The march had been accompanied by the sound of distant gunfire as a reminder that their 5 day stay was a preparation for war in the trenches.
22nd April was prior to my Great Grandad’s involvement but records (falsely) the first gas attack by German forces on French Algerian and Moroccan troops. Some 5700 canisters/168 tons of chlorine gas were unleashed and the devastating effects are well recorded elsewhere. This new lethal weapon of mass destruction had been in place and prepared since early February and it was only poor weather conditions that prevented its earlier use. At 5.00 pm the same day heavy shelling on Ypres and French trenches recommenced as a prelude to a German Infantry attack. Numerous texts explain in great detail the events of that day and the courageous actions of, for example, Canadian troops near Kitcheners’ Wood. NB: the use of the apostrophe in Kitcheners’ Wood is because it has nothing to do with Lord Kitchener but rather the “Bois de Cuisinieres”, and is therefore appropriately placed.
23rd April was as usual St. George’s Day of 1915. At this point the battalion was 103 strong and commanded by Lt. Col. G.O. Spence. Spence had been warned the previous day to be ready at a moment’s notice. The more usual 4 company structure had been adopted and Private J.H. Miller was recorded as one of two official stretcher bearers with C company; he along with a Private Filtcroft and 3 attached RAMC are in evidence. I have no indication at this point why John Henry Miller was a stretcher Bearer – age, inclination, objection, experience and more research is required.
The battalion was moved closer to the action en masse by motor bus to Poperinghe and then marched in silence and darkness to Vlamertinghe. From Vlamertinghe John Henry and his comrades marched to Brierlen where a hutted camp was to be their rest. Brierlen was, however, already under shell fire and the men were forced to lay on open ground during a wet, cold, grizzly night. No casualties are recorded at this time and Brierlen marked the boundary with French and Belgian troops.
On 24th April at 1.00 am the battalion was assembled to move into action. They moved to take up positions on both banks of the Yser canal. From here the men moved to Potijze and in the early daylight they passed refugees and the gassed and wounded soldiers from the Front who warned them of their impending death. Ypres was to their right flank and visibly in flames. In occupying a line of reserve trenches at Potijze the first casualties were recorded and it appears that John Henry Miller was among the six that died that day. Three had belonged to A company and had died at Fortuin in support of Canadian troops. Private J.H. Miller was the only one listed with C company and the only official stretcher bearer killed. It had been noted in dispatches that 2ndLt. E.W. Faber and 2 or 3 of the old bandsmen were doing “splendid work as stretcher bearers.”
My Great Grandfather was now dead and Susannah Miller was now a widow with 5 children living in 6 Elmtree Street, Rise Carr, Darlington. John Henry Miller had lasted 6 days from landing in France and had made the ultimate sacrifice for his King, Country and Comrades. Thousands had already died and many thousands more were to die on both sides in the following months and years.
To some, 1016 Pte. J.H. Miller may have been mere working class cannon fodder … but to me he was, alongside many others, a hero. To my immense satisfaction and pride his name is recorded at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium and his name and contribution are remembered with sorrow and honour. “… At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them.”
Editors Note: Bandsmen traditionally serve the role of stretcher bearers during combat.
Peter Stalker Miller . British Army 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusliers from Carenshore, Scotland
My grandfather, Peter Stalker Miller, was a Scottish soldier in the 1st World War involved in the French trenches. My Mother was born in 1923 - shortly afterwards, maybe 3 years. Her Mother Lilian died and because of the horrors of the War in the trenches her father was never seen again. If anyone knows anything about Peter I would be grateful. My Mother will be 90 this year and has longed to find some trace of her Dad- date and burial of Peter is all unknown
Update: Peter enlisted as a private in the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers (RSF) (Regimental No 204679) and at some point, transferred to the Highland Light Infantry (Regimental No 330872) , though was probably still in the RSF as late as 1918. If Peter served for most of the war in the 2nd RSF, he could have fought at Ypres, Somme and Flanders and in battles at Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Festubert, Givenchy, Loos and Pilkem Ridge. So, it is quite likely that Peter saw a significant level of action during WW1. At the end of the war, he was awarded the Victory Medal and the British Medal. Does anyone have any more information on my great grandfather Peter Stalker Miller? Thank you for anything further
Gnr. Reginald William Miller . British Army 190th Brigade HQ Royal Field Artillery from 24 Greyswood Street, Streatham, London.
(d.2nd Apr 1918)
Pte. Walter Charles Miller . British Army South Lancashire Regiment from 8, Charles Street, Blackpool
My grandfather was gassed twice during the war, received shrapnel wounds to both legs and his head. I have a photograph of him whilst at the West Ham Red Cross Hospital, Basingstoke. He did not receive a pension, but until his death in 1948 from lung cancer which we believe was related to the gassing. He was never fully fit, suffering from constant lung infections and femoral thromboses.
Born in Manchester, he was a highly intelligent man of uneducated Irish parentage who taught me to read before I went to school and continued to oversee my education, particularly in the spoken & written word, until his death. A life-long supporter of the Labour Party, he was an early member of the ILP and was elected to the Fabian Society.
William Miller . British Army 3rd Battalion, G Company. Manchester Regiment
My mother's beloved brother, William Miller served in WW1. I don't know a lot, except he was a charming man who returned from the war alive but badly affected. He had 2 children. My mother Edith Trapnell, cared for him until his death in the 1940's in Australia. William Miller 9408 3rd Battalion, G Company Manchester Regiment was my Uncle Billy and today I remember him with pride every ANZAC Day in Australia.
Pte. Robert John Milligan . British Army 2/3rd Btn Royal Irish Regiment from Pernau St. Belfast
Granda Robert Milligan was in a pub and heard the marching feet. It was the volunteers shouting "join us". This he did. He came home & told my Gran "I've tuk the king's shillun" she replied "go down the marra (to-morrow) & tell them you were drunk". He did that and was on the 1st shipment out!
Granda was a p.o.w. for most of the war. On his release the Germans stamped "kaput" on his papers. He had chronic TB & had a medical pension, till his death in 1922. Plus this my Gran had 3 more children-girl twins and a boy they all died in infancy riddled with TB. They had 2 pre-war children who survived. One was my mother the other my uncle, who went on to serve in WW2.
Cpl. Arthur James Millin . British Army Royal Horse Guards from Oxford
Arthur Millin served with The Blues from 1910 to 1921. Arthur then served with police force at Newport, Mon for 20 years and joined the retired police officers association (Brighton Branch). He lived on South Coast Road in Peace Haven
Fus. Alfred Mills . British Army 10th Btn. (The Stockbrokers) Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) from London
Gnr. Alfred Leslie Mills . British Army 106th Brigade (B Battery) Royal Field Artillery from 64 Cirencester Street, Harrow Road, London.
Alfred Leslie Mills was born in St. Marylebone, London, on 25th April 1896, the son of Alfred and Mary Mills. Following the outbreak of war he enlisted at Mill Hill Barracks on 2nd October 1914 and was posted to No. 4 Depot Royal Field Artillery (Woowich) for basic training as a Driver. He was subsequently posted to 'A' Battery, 106 Brigade on 17th November 1914 and then to 'B' Battery on 26th July 1915. The brigade subsequently entered the French theatre of war on 29th August 1915.
For most of the war Alf continued to serve as a Driver but he was subsequently mustered as Gunner with effect from 16th March 1918. After the Armistice Alf remained with 'B' Battery until 19th April 1919, when he was posted to the 24th DAC (Division Ammunition Column). He finally returned to England via Boulogne on 13th June 1919. Two days later he was officially demobilised at Crystal Palace.
L/Cpl. Blair Wilfred Mills . Canadian Army 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy. from Keremeos, British Columbia
(d.26th Mar 1917)
Pte. H. Mills . British Army 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st Jul 1916)
Fus. Herbert Samuel Mills . British Army 31st Btn. Royal Fusiliers
Little is known about Herbert Samuel Mills (my grandfather) except that he served and survived WW1, however he lost his left arm in an explosion. He is believed to have belonged to the 31st Royal Fusiliers.
Herbert is on the left hand front row, sixth from left.
Rfm. J. Mills . British Army 16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles from 41, Majestic St., Belfast
(d.21st Jun 1917)
Cpl. William Charles Mills . British Army 1/6th Btn. London Regiment from Arrington st. London
(d.7th Jun 1917)
William Charles Mills is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial on panel 54. He was the husband of Florence Elizabeth Mills.
Pte. J. H. Millward . British Army 8th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment from 30, Sand St., Greets Green, West Bromwich.
(d.8th Jun 1917)
Maj Robert Milne . British Army Royal Army Medical Corps from Weymouth St., London, England
Capt. Padre. C. Milner . Army 8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry
Lt. Sidney Milsom . British Army 8th Btn. Rifle Brigade from Bath, Somerset
(d.30 July 1915)
My Great Uncle Sidney Milsom was killed in action at Hooge on 30 July 1915. I am in touch with an historian who is providing me with further information relating to Sidney's death at Hooge. Sidney was Lieutenant (T)of the 8th Battalion Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). I do not have his service number as yet, but have found that he is Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 46 - 48 and 50. The following have also been found: "Lieutenant Rifle Brigade, 8th Bn. 29 30 July 1915 Son of Mr. F. H. MILSOM, of Audley Lodge, Bath. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium Also appears in the Somerset County Roll of Honour. Also appears in Bath College memorial in Bath Abbey. 1911 Student in Chemistry boarding at Cliff Lawn Esplanade, Fowey Cornwall. Brother of Edward" First Name: SIDNEY Initials: S Surname: MILSOM Rank: Lieutenant Service: Army Regiment: Rifle Brigade Battalion: 8th Battalion Age: 29 Nationality: British Campaign Medals: 1914/15 Star Victory Medal British War Medal Date of Death: 30/07/1915 Commemorated: British More Information:Parent: Mr. F. H. Milsom, of Audley Lodge, Bath.
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