Highland Light Infantry, 9th Btn  

Rank & Number:     
Private, 3086 & 330846  

21 May 1896; Govan Road, Glasgow  

                       15 July 1916; Somme, France  


WATSON MILLER was born 21 May 1896 at 813 Govan Road, Glasgow, to parents John a restaurateur and Agnes McLean Watson (who married in Govan on 9 Jul 1890).  He was presumed to have died at the Somme, France on 15 Jul 1916, having previously been reported missing on that date.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.  

In the 1901 Census, Watson, aged 4, is living 16 Campania Place, Langlands Road, Govan, with parents John (38, b. Govan, restaurateur and wine merchant) and Agnes McLean (36, b. Glasgow), with siblings Jeanie Black (9), James (8) and John (6)  

In the 1911 Census, aged 14, he is living 244 Langlands Road, Govan with parents John (48, restaurateur and wine & spirit merchant) and Agnes (47, m. 20 yrs, 5 children) and siblings.   The 1912-1915 Fairlie Valuation Rolls have John Miller, merchant, Etruria Villa, South Govan and Clyde View, Bay Street, and the 1920 Valuation Rolls have Mrs John Miller, widow, Etruria Villa, South Govan and Clyde View.    


Theatre of war first entered was France, 28 Jun 1915.  The Largs and Millport Weekly News reported on 5 Sep 1916 that he’d been posted missing, and he was later presumed to have died on 15 Jul 1916. His medal index card shows he received 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.


  Thiepval Memorial, France


                                                            Thiepval Memorial Plaque

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