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George Finch MILLER

Regimental number316
Place of birthLeamington, Cambridge, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelegraphist
AddressMascotte, Allingham Street, Armidale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, H Miller, Paeroa, Auckland, New Zealand
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRandwick, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "19 September 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 16 October 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in re-establishing communication by telephone during a heavy enemy barrage when it had been temporarily disorganized by shell fire. After this line had been laid he organized his linesmen as stretcher bearers, and brought in five badly wounded men. Throughout the operations he succeeded in maintaining telephonic communication.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Military Medal

'At REMUS WOOD east of YPRES during the operations on 4th October 1917 Cp. MILLER displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At a critical stage of the battle when the forward telephonic communication between Cable Head and Forward Station was temporarily disorganised by shell fire, he led his linesmen out and laid a special line through an intense enemy barrage and established communication. After this line had been laid he organised his linesmen as stretcher bearers and safely brought in 5 badly wounded men through the heavy enemy barrage. Throughout the whole operation his personal supervision and assistance to linesmen resulted in continuous telephonic communication being maintained between Cable Head and Forward Station.' Second description reads: 'At HOOGE on September 16th Cpl. MILLER, after the Signal Officer in charge of a carrying party bringing up Cable for burying in the front line, had been killed, took charge and succeeded in bringing the cable to the front line through very heavy enemy barrages.' On three separate occasions Cpl. MILLER re-organised the carrying party, each time coming through a heavy barrage, and it was only by his gallantry and splendid perseverance that the Cable was buried at a critical time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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