Daniel William MILLER

Regiment:               Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders  

Rank & Number:     
Private, 13676  

17 March 1890; Fairlie  

Died:                       1976, Largs  

Brother of Robert T. and George

DANIEL WILLIAM MILLER, known as William, was born 17 Mar 1890 in 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 1976, aged 85.  

On 22 Sep 1919 at 19 Howard Street, Glasgow, William (aged 29, engineer's machineman of 69 Yoker Road, Scotstoun West) married by declaration Janet G. Taylor.  

According to family, Daniel William Miller was known as William when he was younger, and by the nickname Barney later (it’s assumed because he worked at North Southannan and Fencefoot Farms for Barney Rodger).  He bought a horse in Clydebank for £100 and walked it to Fairlie, sleeping in fields and barns on the way, and started his own business as a contractor.  His first contract was with the railway, and he stabled the horse at the station.   

In the 1901 Census, aged 11, he 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), Robert T (7), Eliza KG (6), Harriet BB (2) and Geo MB (1)  

In the 1911 Census, he is aged 21 and an apprentice gardener (domestic), and is living Burnfoot, Fairlie with parents Robt. (51, grocer) and Eliza (51, m 24 years; 10 children, 9 living) and siblings  
The 1935 North Ayrshire Directory has William Miller, Contractor, Corona, Fairlie    


He enlisted on 15 Sep 1914 (aged 24, gardener, nok father Robert, Burnside, Fairlie), but was discharged on 07 Oct 1914 as medically unfit to become a soldier (chronic dyspepsia, which he had a history of in civil life).   A family source advised that during WW1 he worked at Barclay Curle, shipbuilders on the Clyde, as he wanted to do his bit.

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