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William Boyd MILLER

Regimental number5153
Place of birthBendigo Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarrier
AddressDonnybrook, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation44
Next of kinWife, Mrs A A Miller, Donnybrook, Western Australia
Enlistment date8 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Awarded 26 December 1916.
Recommendation date: 17 December 1916

FateReturned to Australia 3 March 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Western Australia Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations near GUEUDECOURT from 15th November, 1916, to 6th December, 1916, these N.C.O.s and men did most excellent work as members of the Divisional Pack Transport Troops. They are selected from the 256 N.C.O.s and Drivers as having set a fine example to the remainder by their coolness under fire, determination, and resource. They never failed in getting the mules up to Battalion Headquarters although they came constantly under shell fire, during which a number of mules were killed. Their work was done at night under the most difficult conditions, and they were instrumental in saving a number of valuable animals from drowning when bogged in shell holes in the portion of their journey beyond Brigade Headquarters, which was under constant shell fire. '
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

Family/military connectionsSon: 1601 Sergeant Ernest William Albert MILLER, 51st Bn, killed in action, 3 September 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 November 1952

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