MILLER, MATTHEW 13032 Guardsman 1st Battalion 2nd Guards Bde Guards Division

THE SCOTS GUARDS

Born Leyland  Enlisted Preston  Living Farington

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  17th September 1917

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 5.

Matthew Miller’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Wesleyan / Methodist Roll of Honour

The above ‘Roll of Honour’ is now in South Ribble Museum, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Matthew Miller is buried in the:-

ARTILLERY WOOD CEMETERY, BELGIUM

Grave Ref: Plot VIII Row E Grave 17. No next-of-kin information. The cemetery is in Boezinge some 6 km north of Ieper on the N369 road.

October 2nd, 1996: In conversation with the late Vera Tyrer

She had seen my request for information on Herbert Brindle and John Thomas Burke in the weekly St. Mary’s Newsheet of Sunday, September 22nd, and although unable to help re. J. T. Burke, she realised who “Herbert” Brindle was when I told her that his name was, in fact, ‘Albert’ and was uncle to Jack and Ronald Brindle. However, she told me the following story: “It was the practise at the New Palace Cinema on East Street, Leyland, to show pictures of the men of Leyland and Farington who had fallen in the Great War” – these were, of course, the days of the ‘Silent Cinema’. She recalled “One Saturday, after the performance, the picture of Matt Miller was shown – I knew him as his married sister lived near us. He lived on East Street, Farington.”

Unusually, no newspaper account of Matthew Miller’s death has been found.

Note:- Matt Miller was killed in action three days before the start of the ‘Battle of the Menin Road’ (20th-25th September 1917) in which the Guards Division took part.

Miller, Matthew. WE Waring 2003