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Born: 1886, Ipswich.
Died: 9th February 1915; age 29; KiA.
Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Employed – Edward Packard & Co. Bramford, Suffolk.
Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 16167
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
William is named in the 1st Battalion’s War Diary – killed alongside GEORGE BYGRAVE ALCOCK. 4 Ipswich men died on this day from the 1st Battalion.
1891 Whitton, Suffolk.
William was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Benjamin Miller, 45, a Chemical Labourer, born Ipswich.
Eliza Miller (nee Clarke), 35, born Washbrook, Suffolk.
Lizzie Alice miller, 14, a Mother’s Help, born Ipswich.
Rose Ellen Miller, 12, born Ipswich.
Benjamin William Miller, 10, born Ipswich.
Arthur Henry Miller, 8, born Ipswich.
Charles Frederick Miller, 3, born Ipswich.
Nellie May Miller, 11 months, born Ipswich.
1911 491, Bramford Road, Ipswich.
William was 25 years old, a General Labourer. He was living with his widowed mother, siblings & niece.
Eliza, 55, a Laundress.
Benjamin, 30, a General Labourer.
Charles, 23, a General Labourer.
Emily Jane Miller, 19, a Laundress, born Ipswich.
Albert Miller, 15, a General Labourer, born Ipswich.
Edith Grace Miller, 11, born Ipswich.
Daisy Miller, 1, born Ipswich.
William’s father Benjamin Miller, died November 1904, Ipswich.
William is also remembered on the Edward Packard & Co factory memorial at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford, Suffolk.
Charles Frederick Miller (brother) missing in action was reported in the newspaper as dead but had been captured and wounded, becoming a POW returned home after the war.
Extract from Lt-Col C.C.R.Murphy History of the Suffolk Regiment:
Throughout February 9th 1915 the enemy shelled unremittingly one part or another of the Verbrandenmolen sector. The trenches held by the 1st Battalion were in a shocking state, those on the right being two feet deep in water. Battalion headquarters, despite the attention it received from the enemy’s artillery during the afternoon, remained intact.
Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion: