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)
SERVICE DETAILS 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.
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.