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Joseph MILLER

Regimental number6297
Place of birthKillanhue, Co Wexford, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressCollie, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 8"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Lurbine Marould Miller, 3 Brown Street, Subiaco, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 April 1916
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 13 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateDied whilst a Prisoner of War 7 July 1917
Place of burialValanciennes Communal Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No. 26), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
80
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 10 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 January 1917

Admitted to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 18 January 1917 (suspected mumps); taken on strength, 16th Bn, from hospital, 17 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 11 April 1917; believed to be Prisoner of War. Susequently confirmed taken POW, Reincourt, 11 April 1917; interned in Limburg.

German statement: 'Shot while attempting to escape.' Statement from 2370 Lance Corporal E.W. TOMLEY, 16th Bn: 'While at St Saulve Paddy [Joseph] Miller of the 16th Bn was shot by the Germans; he was in a starved condition and broke out of camp to get potatoes from a neighboring garden. It was on his return to camp that he was shot through the heart by a sentry from a distance of a few yards at 11 pm.' Statement by 1231 Corporal L. RILAT, 15th Bn: 'At the Lager at this place (St Saulve)6297 Pte MILLER J 16 Bn jumped over a low wall to collect some potatoes nearby. He was starving. On entering the Lager again he was shot by a sentry. I saw his dead body being removed by the French next morning.' German account stated the 'English POW Joseph MILLER was shot 'because he did not obey the order to halt'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MILLER Joseph

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