MILLER, ALBERT 1600 Pte 11th Battalion Australian Infantry 3rd Bde 1st Division AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE

Born Not Known Enlisted Australia Living Australia Died of Wounds Gallipoli 2nd August 1915

Ref: Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Preston Guardian Sat 21st August 1915

Official intimation has been received by Mr J. W. Miller, 29 Union Street, Leyland of the death of his eldest son Pte B. Miller, who has been killed in action in the Dardanelles.

Pte Miller emigrated to Australia four years ago and joined an Australian contingent at the outbreak of war. He was formerly employed at Leyland Bleachworks.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat 28th August 1915

Information has been received by his parents at 27 (sic) Union Street, Leyland that Pte Albert Miller, 11th Battalion, 3rd Australian Reinforcements, has died of wounds received in action at the Dardanelles.

The message was dated August 7th, 1915 from the Hospital Ship ‘Rewa’, and was received in

Leyland at the beginning of last week.

Pte Miller was a single man, 25 years of age and went to Australia about four years before the outbreak of war. He joined the army there in January and went out to the Dardanelles in March.

Before leaving Leyland he was a member of the Parish Church Lads Brigade, and was also in the choir. A Memorial Service will be held in the church on Monday evening. (The Hospital Ship ‘Rewa’ was sunk in controversial circumstances January 4th, 1918: the Royal Navy claimed it was torpedoed but Germany maintained that it had strayed into a British minefield).

Preston Guardian Sat 4th September 1915

A Memorial Service to the late Pte Bert Miller, 11th Battalion, 3rd Australian Reinforcements, who died from wounds received in action on August 7th (sic), was held on Monday evening at the Leyland Parish Church. Pte Miller, whose parents reside at 27 Union Street, went out to Australia four years before the outbreak of war. He joined the army there and went out to the Dardanelles in March. Previous to leaving Leyland he was a member of the Parish Church Lads Brigade and was also in the choir. There was a large congregation present, an address being given by the Rev. F. E. Hutchinson. The past and present members of the Church Lads Brigade attended the service.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine September 1915

A Memorial Service was held on Monday evening, August 30th, for Pte Albert Miller of the Australian Contingent, who died at the Dardanelles.

The St. Andrew’s Company of the Church Lads Brigade attended in honour of a former member of their Company (a similar report appears in the Chorley Weekly News of the same date).

A Memorial Inscription in St. Andrew’s Churchyard records:-

John William Miller husband of Mary Helen...etc.

“Also their son Bert who was killed at Gallipoli.”

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

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave Bert Miller is commemorated on the:-

LONE PINE MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY

His name appears on Panel 34. No next-of-kin information. The Lone Pine Memorial is at the east end of Lone Pine Cemetery, which stands on the plateau at the top of Victoria Gully, and is located on the road from Gaba Tepe to Chunuk Bair etc..

Note 1:-  I have not yet established exactly where the 11th Battalion were fighting at the time of Bert Miller’s death, the likeliest location is the diversionary attack made at ‘Anzac’ to assist the ‘Landing at Suvla Bay’ on the 6th of August. Also, there is some doubt as to the date of his death: C.W.G.C. give Aug. 2nd, whilst newspaper reports agree on August 7th.

Note 2:- The Union Street address appears as both No. 27 and No. 29 in the Preston Guardian reports. However, Chorley Guardian has it as No. 27, and a later report by the Preston Guardian also has No. 27 – I have taken this last as correct. No. 27 Union Street at the time of the Great War, is the present day No.60.

Miller, Albert. WE Waring 2003