John McKinnie MILLER

Regiment:               R.E.  

Rank & Number:
     Not Known  

10 March 1895; Railway Buildings, Fairlie  

Died:                       1973, Glasgow  

Brother of Thomas and William Miller

JOHN McKINNIE MILLER was born 10 Mar 1895 at Railway Buildings, Fairlie, to parents Robert, a railway porter and Elizabeth McKinnie (who married at West Kilbride on 11 Nov 1892).  He died in Glasgow in 1973, aged 77.  

On 6 Jan 1928 at Govan Parish Church, Glasgow, John (aged 32, forester, of Kelburn Terrace, Fairlie) married Violet Alexandra Munn (sister of Evelyn, the wife of his brother Thomas).  

He was a member of Fairlie Boy Scouts from its formation in 1912, becoming Assistant Scoutmaster in Oct 1915.  In Jan 1915 he was one of the Fairlie Scouts who carried out patrol duty for the Admiralty at Garmouth, Elginshire.  In 1916, he’s noted in the Scout log-book as an apprentice carpenter, aged 19, nicknamed “Kinney”.  

In the 1901 Census, John, aged 5, is living Burnfoot with parents Robert (31, born West Kilbride, railway porter) and Eliza (30, born West Kilbride), and siblings Thomas (7), William (2) and Robert (0)  
In the 1911 Census, aged 15 and a grocers message boy, he is living Mid Row with parents Robert (42, railway porter) and Elizabeth (41, m 18 years, 10 children/9living) and siblings    

No medal index card was found, but his regiment is given on the plaque as ‘R.E.’ (Royal Engineers?)

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

9 January 1915
Fairlie Boy Scouts:  Fairlie Boy Scouts left last Saturday afternoon to take up duty for a month at Garmouth, Elginshire.  The patrol is made up of Rev. D.C.C. Gollan, John Miller, William Newcombe, David Boyd, Robert Miller, Fairlie; D. McLachlan, West Kilbride.  On New Year’s Eve, the Troop was entertained to supper at Fairlie Craig by Lady Glasgow.  Her Ladyship and Mrs Cunninghame presented Cardigan jackets and mufflers, and Mrs Chevalier Parker, Mrs Chichester and Miss Parker, The Gondola, kindly presented helmets and extra blankets to the boys and also comforts to the Scoutmaster.  

8 May 1915
Fairlie Boy Scouts:  At a meeting of Fairlie Boy Scouts committee last Thursday evening, Mr. Tennant presented the members of the local Scouts who were on duty at Garmouth with war service badges:  Scoutmaster Gollan, Scouts John Miller, D. Boyd, Wm. Newcombe, D. McLachlan and R. Miller.

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