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William MILLER

Regimental number2735
Place of birthNorthcote, Victoria
SchoolNapier Street State School, Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address79 Moore Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 6.75"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinWife, Alice Miller, 79 Moore Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed 4.6 years in the 6th Regiment, Citizen Military Forces, Eastern Hill, Melbourne, Victoria.
Enlistment date24 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularSailed with his brother, R. Millers, who was killed with him on 19 July 1916.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 21), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Rebecca MILLER; husband of Alice MILLER, Elizabeth Street, North Wagga, New South Wales. Native of Melbourne
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2736 Pte Robert Charles MILLER, 60th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916; another brother killed; one brother returned after 4 years; Brother-in-law: served 3.6 years in the 13th Field Ambulance, returned disabled.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 57th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, and taken on strength, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Now, 5 August 1916, reported 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1780204: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Statement, 3047 Sergeant W.L. CARKEET, D Company, 60th Bn (patient, No 9 General Hospital, Rouen), 9 November 1916: He took part in the attack on Fromelles on the 19th July but did not return. Some time afterwards his disc was returned to the Orderly Room. I saw his disc.'

Second statement, 3740 Pte H. GEORGE, C Company, 60th Bn, 8 March 1917: 'They [2735 W. MILLER and 2735A R.C. MILLER] were both in C. Company, No. 9 Platoon, No. 1 Squad. On the 19th July, 1916, we went over the top at 6.45 p.m. to attack Fromelles. I saw W. Miller fall first, and his brother ran to speak to him, and he was hit by machine gun fire I think. One of the same Platoon, Alexander, who has lost an eye, and who is I fancy now home, told me that in coming back he had seen the two brothers dead.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MILLER William
Red Cross File No 1780204

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