Thomas MILLER

Regiment:               Royal Garrison Artillery,                                
                               51st Highland Divisional Column 

Rank & Number:     Not Known  

Born:                       01 March 1894 ;Railway Buildings, Fairlie  

Died:
                        Not Known  

Other:                     
Brother of John and William Miller       

THOMAS MILLER was born 01 Mar 1894 at Railway Buildings, Fairlie, to parents Robert, a railway porter and Elizabeth McKinnie (who married at West Kilbride on 11 Nov 1892).   

On 15 Feb 1924 at the Parish Church Manse, Fairlie, Thomas (aged 29, joiner of Kelburn Terrace Fairlie) married Evelyn Munn (24, dom. serv., of The Place, Fairlie; whose sister Violet later married his brother John).  

He was a member of Fairlie Boy Scouts from its formation in 1912, becoming Assistant Scoutmaster Oct 1913.  He left in Aug 1914 when he enlisted, although he returned during leave in Nov 1915 to lead the troop at its Church Parade.  In her troop log-book on 31 Mar 1915, Assistant Scoutmaster Laura Tennant wrote, “This night we had a concert and lecture got up in rather a hurry to collect funds partly to defray expenses etc. of the patrol work up north and partly (and privately) for a most worthy object, that of providing our Asst. Scoutmaster Tom Miller, at present serving with the Bute Mountain Battery at Bedford, with a set of false teeth as he stands a chance of getting chucked out of the Army for defective teeth which would be bad luck when he is so keen and a splendid fellow in every respect.”  

In the 1901 Census, Thomas, aged 7, is living Burnfoot with parents Robert (31, born West Kilbride, railway porter) and Eliza (30, born West Kilbride), and siblings John (5), William (2) and Robert (0)   In the 1911 Census, aged 17 and an apprentice ship joiner, he is living Mid Row with parents Robert (42, railway porter) and Elizabeth (41, m 18 years, 10 children/9living) and siblings    

SERVICE DETAILS    
Named on the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour printed Dec 1914 (Miller, Pte.  Tom, Ferry Row, Fairlie, Bute Mountain Battery).  On 08 May 1915, the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported that he’d left for somewhere abroad, and on 27 Nov 1915 and 08 June 1918 it reported he was home on leave from France having been “practically on active service since the commencement of the war”.  No medal index card was found, but his regiment is given on the plaque as ‘R.G.A.’, and he is reported in the local paper as being with the Bute Mountain Battery.  As he served overseas he would have received the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.  

In October 1919 he was elected secretary and treasurer of the Fairlie Post of the Comrades of the Great War (precursor of the British Legion).



Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

8 August 1914

Assistant Scoutmaster T. Miller was presented with a watch in recognition of his past service to the Troop     

21 November 1914
    
Local Roll Of Honour:  The following is the first instalment of what we hope will eventually be a complete list of all connected with this district who have at present answered the urgent call to arms in the great crisis of our national history:-   
Bute Battery, 4th Highland (Mountain) Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery (T)    FAIRLIE - Miller Gr., Tom (Bute Mountain Battery)  

10 March 1915           
Fairlie Boy Scouts:  In the course of his opening remarks at the Boy Scouts entertainment, the Secretary referred to the fact that the two Assistant Scoutmasters, Lieut. C.G. Tennant and Gunner T. Miller, were serving with the colours.  

8 May 1915    
2nd Lieut. R.B. Fife and Privates Tom Miller and James Smith left this week for somewhere abroad.  

6 November 1915       
Mr. William Miller, Secretary of the Tobacco and Cigarette Fund has received acknowledgements for parcels from the following:  Pte. T. Blakely, Dardanelles; Lance-Corp. R. McLachlan, prisoner of war; Ptes. A. McCallum, A. McLean, D. McCallum, D. Douglas, J. Smith, T. Miller, T. Messenger, France; and D. Thomson, W. Anderson, A. Stalker, wounded.  

27 November 1915     
Corp. Tom Miller arrived home on furlough from France on Friday morning and left again for the front on Wednesday evening.  

27 November 1915     
Church Parade Of Fairlie Boy Scouts:  On Sunday evening last, the Boy Scouts had their Church Parade in Fairlie Parish Church.  In the absence of the Scoutmaster, the boys were marshalled by Assistant-Scoutmasters Miss Laura Tennant and Thomas Miller (who is home for a few days furlough from France).  

17 June 1916
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have been received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie, John Ward, A. Erskine, James Smith, Tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom Messenger, Hugh Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser, Duncan Douglas, Dan McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis, Arthur Crawford, and a postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.  

8 June 1918   
Wheeler Crpl. Tom Millar arrived home from France on Tuesday for one month’s leave.  Crpl. Miller, who was a member of the Territorial forces, has been practically on active service since the commencement of the war.  

4 October 1919          
FAIRLIE “COMRADES”:  A general meeting of the Fairlie ex-soldiers was held in the Village Hall last Tuesday evening for the purpose of talking over the desirability of forming a Discharged Soldiers’ Society.  After some discussion, the meeting unanimously agreed to form a Fairlie Post of “The Comrades of the Great War”.  Mr. C.H. McNair, jr., was elected captain of the post, and Mr. Thomas Millar secretary and treasurer.  The following were elected as members of committee – Messrs. A. Crawford, J.M. Currie, T. Barclay, W. Wilson and Wm. Ramsay.  After the post had been formally established, it was agreed to seek ground on which to erect a club-room, and if this could be found, to commence raising funds for the purchase of an Army hut.  At the close of the meeting, about thirty ex-service men enrolled as members.  

1 November 1919
      
The local Post of the Comrades of the Great War now announce that their opening dance will take place this day week, 7 November, in the Public School.  A most enthusiastic and energetic committee have the arrangements in hand, and the assembly promises to be one of the most successful of its kind.  Tickets may be obtained from the secretary, Mr. T. Miller, Mid Row, or from any member of the committee.  Numbers we understand are limited, so that early application for tickets will be important.





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