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Leicester Trace MILLEN

Regimental number59633
Date of birth14 May 1894
Place of birthChicago, IL, USA
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24.1
Height5' 8"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs J S Millen, c/o Mrs Ruth Wilde, 44 Christie Street, Glebe, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as a Concentration Camp Guard, Holsworthy; given permission to enlist in the AIF.
Enlistment date10 June 1918
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 June 1918
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNew South Wales Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/111/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 July 1918
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 September 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Andrew Richardson
Discharge date20 May 1920
Other details

War service: England

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Plassey', 5 September 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 20 May 1920.

Medal: British War Medal

Mary Proctor, 11 D'Arcy Terrace, Sunderland, England, wrote to the Army, 25 September 1920: 'During the period of service by [MILLEN] he came to Sunderland, and represented to me that he was a single man & made me a promise of marriage. On 17th May last I gave birth to a child of which Millen is the father, & I hold a Telegram & also two letters from him in which he admits the fatherhood. I brought my case before the Record Office of the A.I.F., 54 Victoria St London, & they informed me that he was a married man, & had returned to Australia to be demobilized, & they suggested I should write you ... I shall be much obliged if you can either give me information or advise me as to what steps I can take to make Millen share the responsibility of the child.' Base Records replied, 8 November 1920, that 'as ... [MILLEN] has been discharged from the Australian Imperial Force this branch can do nothing in the matter. It is therefore suggested you consult a solicitor.'
Date of death14 September 1970
Age at death76
Place of burialWoden Cemetery, ACT
SourcesNAA: B2455, MILLEN Leicester Trace

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