Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery,
Highland Divisional Column
Rank & Number: Not
Born: 01 March 1894 ;Railway Buildings, Fairlie
of John and William Miller
MILLER was born 01 Mar 1894 at Railway
to parents Robert, a railway porter and Elizabeth
McKinnie (who married at West Kilbride on 11 Nov 1892).
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).
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.
October 1919 he was elected secretary and treasurer of the Fairlie Post of the
Comrades of the Great War (precursor of the British Legion).
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
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
Lieut. R.B. Fife and Privates Tom Miller and James Smith left this week for
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.