Hugh Everett MILLER


MILLER, Hugh Everett

Service Number: 719
Enlisted: 17 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Oodla Wirra, South Australia, 27 November 1895
Home Town: Oodla Wirra, Peterborough, South Australia
Schooling: Oodlawirra Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Peronne, France, 1 September 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot 23, Row K. His name is located at panel 137 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Oodla Wirra Roll of Honor WW1, Peterborough Uniting Church Porch Memorial Leadlight Window2
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World War 1 Service

17 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 719, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 719, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
4 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 719, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Messines
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 719, 43rd Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
1 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 719, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne

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Born 27 July 1895 in Head of Mannanarie, South Australia
(SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 568 Page: 8 District: Cla.)

Father Samuel MILLER and Mother Elizabeth (nee POTTER)
he lived with his parents at Oodla Wirra (near Petersburg - now Peterborough),
South Australia.

Next of kin in service:
Brother     4224 Private (/explore/people/235768)James Hartley Thomas MILLER (/explore/people/235768)
                enlisted in 10th Battalion,
                embarked from Adelaide on 11/1/1916 aboard HMAT Borda for Egypt
                where he was transferred to the 50th Battalion
                10/6/1917  killed in action near Messines, Belgium  (34 years)
buried in:  no known grave
he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.  

Privates J Albert Thomas POTTER  (Killed in action)

Private William E POTTER   (killed in action)

Private H C POTTER  (killed in action)

3542       Private Henry Hartley McWATERS
               31/5/1916  killed in action  (19 years)
buried in: Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France

Private W E Smith  (killed in action)
first Private to fall in the BOER WAR

Described on enlisting as 20 years 7 months old; single; 5' 9 1/4" tall; 157 lbs;
fresh complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair; Methodist

17/2/1916    Enlisted in Adelaide, South Australia

7/3/1916      Commanding Officer appointed Hugh to D Company, 43rd Infantry Battalion.
                    Morphettville Camp

9/6/1916      Embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide, on board HMAT A19 Afric
                   as a Private with 11th Infantry Brigade, 43rd Infantry Battalion, D Company,
                   for France
20/7/1916    disembarked into Marseilles, France

proceeded to England for training

25/11/1916   proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton

Private Miller joined his unit on the Western Front, France, during late November 1916.

4/7/1917      Gun shot wound to legs, admitted to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing
                    Station, in the field, near Messines, Belgium

13/7/1917    evacuated to England on board HS St Patrick, ex Boulogne, France
                    for treatment and recuperation before rejoining his battalion near Amiens,
                    France on 1/5/1918.

11/5/1918    rejoined the 43rd Battalion in the field

1/9/1918     killed in action near Perrone, France (23 years old)
buried in:     700 yards north of Allamies

later his body was exhumed and reburied in:
                  Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France
                  Plot 23, Row K

British War medal (40643); Victory medal (40228); Memorial Plaque and
Memorial Scroll (351179)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  23/4/2015.  Lest we forget.