William John Richard MILLS


MILLS, William John Richard

Service Number: 3346
Enlisted: 21 April 1917, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 4 November 1876
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed In Action, France, 24 April 1918, aged 41 years
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
Memorials: Cleveland Shire Council Roll of Honour, Cleveland War Memorial, Redland Bay War Memorial, Redlands Honour Roll, Tingalpa Shire Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Apr 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Brisbane, Queensland
14 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3346, 42nd Infantry Battalion
14 Jun 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3346, 42nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Sydney
24 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3346, 52nd Infantry Battalion

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William was killed in action on 24 Apr 1918, his brothers, 2127 Pte. Albert Mills (/explore/people/227509) and 2126 Pte. Frederick Arthur Mills (/explore/people/275810) of the 41st Battalion, were both killed in action at Messines, Belgium, one day apart the previous year.

"Mrs. W. J. R. Mills of North-street, Cleveland, has been advised that her husband Private William John Richard Mills, was killed in action in France on April 24. Private Mills was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. and E. Mills, of Upper Tingalpa and is the third son to make the supreme sacrifice. He was 41 years of age when he enlisted. Privates Albert Mills and Frederick Arthur Mills, were killed in action on June 10, 1917, at Messines." - from the Brisbane Courier 16 May 1918 (nla.gov.au)