Francis (Frank) John Miller

Second Lieutenant
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Date of death 
1 July 1916
Age of death 
Sunny Croft
Snakes Lane
Woodford Green
Address source 
1911 Census
Cemetery / Memorial 

Born on 14th October 1896 at Buckhurst Hill, youngest son of Joseph William (Secretary to Stationery Printing Company) and Eliza Miller. 1901: With his family at Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill. 1911: With his family at "Sunny Croft," Snakes Lane, Woodford Green. He attended Seaford College and City of London School (Classical Senior Scholar). Matriculated from London University in June 1913, and then worked with the Employers Liability Assurance Corporation Ltd. He was a keen sportsman.

He joined London Rifle Brigade in 08-14, was sent to France during January 1915, but invalided home with frostbite in March 1915. Obtained his Commission in 7th Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment on 19th June 1915. Killed in Action leading his men on the First day of the Battle of the Somme. The Battalion war diary states:-

"At 7.30 am the Battn assaulted the German trenches to the front of left half of A1 subsector on a front of about 400 yards – After 12 hours fighting the final objective West of MONTAUBAN was reached and consolidated on a front of about 280 yards – See App: II of this date – Casualties :- KILLED Capt J R Walpole, Capt G H H Scott, Lieut H Cloudesley, Lieut O E Saltmarsh, 2/Lt F J Miller, 2/Lt G S Dandridge, 2/Lt R C Herbert. WOUNDED :- Lt C A Haggard, Lt A J R Haggard, 2/Lt E F Bennett, 2/Lt M Shuldham-Legh, 2/Lt J Farren, 2/Lt M J Penrose-Fitzgerald, Lt V Hook (attached 55th TMB). Lt D R Heaton and 2/Lt H J Tortise were both slightly wounded but remained on duty – OR KILLED 174, WOUNDED 284, MISSING 58. Battn held objective during night establishing touch with 8th E Surrey Regt on its right and 8th Norfolk Regt on its left."

Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian


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