Victor James MILLER

MILLER, Victor James

Service Number: 4542
Enlisted: 6 September 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Albert Park, Victoria, Australia, August 1889
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Lorry Driver
Died: As a result of service - mania, Melbourne - asylum, 29 January 1933
Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

6 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4542, 8th Infantry Battalion
16 Dec 1915: Promoted Lance Corporal, 8th Infantry Battalion
28 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4542, 8th Infantry Battalion
28 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4542, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
24 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 59th Infantry Battalion
19 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 4542, 59th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), GSW right leg
12 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 4542, 59th Infantry Battalion, Shell shock
6 Nov 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 4542, 59th Infantry Battalion, Defective eyesight

Pte James Victor Miller

From: How We Served
4542 Private James Victor Miller of Northcote, Victor had been employed as a lorry driver prior to enlisting for War Service on the 17th of August 1915. Allocated to reinforcements for the 8th Battalion 1st AIF, Victor was embarked for Egypt and further training on the 28th of January 1916. On the 9th of April, Victor was transferred over to the 59th Battalion, with which he would embark for France arriving on the 18th of June. Victor had only been in France for less then a month when his Unit was committed to the battle of Fromelles on the 19th of July 1916, during which he sustained a gun shot wound to his right leg. Following hospitalisation, Victor retuned to the trenches on the 21st of February 1917. On the 12th of May, Victor was again evacuated for hospitalisation, now suffering from shell shock and following a period of converlances at Havre, he was sent back to England. Whilst attached to the Base Depot at Codford, it was discovered Victor's eyesight had been affected and he was returned to Australia as an invalid suffering defective vision on the 7th of June 1918. Following his return to Australia, Victor would undergo medical treatment at the 11th Australian General Hospital (Caulfield), and it was whilst a patient at Caulfield that Victor was first sent to the Military Mental Asylum (Mont Park) suffering mania caused by 'War Strain' on the 26th of April 1926. Victor recovered and was released from the Asylum at the start of 1927, but due to a relapse of mania he was again sent back to the Asylum at the start of 1931 where he would stay in residence until the 6th of May 1932. Victor died prematurely due to the effects of his service on the 28th of January 1933, and was granted an official war grave within Fawkner Cemetery, Victoria.

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