Robert Thomas MILLER

Regiment:               Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 14th Btn  

Rank & Number:     
Private, S/12363  

21 June 1893; Burnfoot, Fairlie  

Died:                       1973; Largs  

Brother of George and William Miller

ROBERT THOMAS MILLER, was born 21 Jun 1893 at Burnfoot, Fairlie, to parents Robert, a grocer, and Eliza King Gourlay (who married at Kinning Park, Glasgow on 23 Nov 1886).  He died in Largs in 1973, aged 80.  

He married Helen (Nellie) Grant in Largs in 1924.  They had no children.  

According to family, he was a joiner in the boat yard.  He lived in Argyll Cottage, which he named for his regiment  

In the 1901 Census, Robert, aged 7, is living Burnfoot, Fairlie with parents Robt (41, b. Fairlie, licensed grocer & provision merchant) and Eliza KG (41, b Glasgow), with siblings Jessie SG (14), Hester PB (12), Daniel W (11), Eliza KG (6), Harriet BB (2) and Geo MB (1)  

In the 1911 Census, aged 17 and a ship joiner, he is living Burnfoot, Fairlie with parents Robt. (51, grocer) and Eliza (51, m 24 years; 10 children, 9 living) and siblings    

His medal index card shows he enlisted on 23 Sep 1915 and was discharged on 15 Oct 1918 (Silver War Badge list – no longer physically fit).  The Largs & Millport Weekly News reported that he’d been wounded at Cambrai on 24 Nov 1917, and had been hospitalised with several bullet wounds to his chest.  On 30 Mar 1918, they reported him home for the weekend, “still carrying about in him a German bullet”, and family sources confirm he had a bullet in his lung which he took to the grave.  He received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

31 July 1915   
The latest addition on the Roll of Honour is Tom Miller, Burnfoot, who has joined the 14th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders  

8 December 1917       
Toll Of War:  Mr. Robert Miller, Burnfoot, Fairlie, received word on Saturday last that his son, Private R. Thomas Miller, A&SH, had been wounded in a recent engagement and had now been removed to the Military Hospital, Southampton.  He has several bullet wounds on the chest and it is hoped they are not of a serious nature.  

19 January 1918        
Pte. R.T. Miller, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, son of Mr. Robert Miller, Burnfoot, who was wounded on 24th November at Cambrai and has since been in Military Hospital, Lichfield, arrived home on Tuesday night for a short visit.  We are pleased to see him looking well and not a bit down-hearted.  

30 March 1918
We had two of our wounded heroes with us during the weekend.  Pte. Tom Miller who in spite of the fact that he is still carrying about in him a German bullet is looking very fit, expects shortly to go overseas again.

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