Private Ernest Edward Miller

Date of Birth 1894
Age at Death 24
Date of Death 28 November 1918
Service Number T/294586
Military Service 793rd Horse Transport Company Royal Army Service Corps
Merton Address
Local Memorial Wimbledon Cemetery

Additional Information

Ernest Edwin Miller of 52, Gladstone Road, Wimbledon was born in St Clements Danes in 1894. He was the son of silver polisher William Miller and his wife Ellen. By 1901, when Ernest was 7, the family had moved to 70 Quicks Road, Wimbledon. Ten years later he was still living with his parents who had moved to 34 Faraday Road, Wimbledon. He was working as an assistant postman.

Private Miller signed up to the Army Reserve (London Regiment) on 8th September 1914 and was embodied in the regiment in April 1915. He was transferred to the Territorial Force of the Army Service Corps in 1917 (working as a clerk). The Territorial Force was a part-time volunteer force, created in 1908 to augment British land forces without resorting to conscription. Members were liable for service anywhere but couldn’t be compelled to work overseas.

Private Miller was promoted to acting sergeant when posted to Bury St Edmunds but he requested a posting to GHQ and reverted to private in early November 1918, shortly before his death. His widow, Mildred Francis Miller (later Caley), requested that he should be shown as sergeant on his gravestone. However, she was unsuccessful.

On 28th November 1918 he died at his home in Gladstone Road, Wimbledon from influenza and septic bronchopneumonia. He was 24 years old.


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