Gordon Frederick MILLER

Badge Number: S20622, Sub Branch: Wallaroo

MILLER, Gordon Frederick

Service Number: 4821
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Torrensville, South Australia, Australia, 1897
Home Town: Port Broughton, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Salisbury, South Australia, 17 July 1978, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Enfield Memorial Park, S.A.
Rose Garden Memorial Sites CBK19
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, SN 4821, 32nd Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, SN 4821, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement SN 4821, 43rd Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Wounded SN 4821, 43rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

 Gordon Miller was the son of Frederick Horn and Naomi (nee Scown) Miller of Port Broughton.

Gordon was born at Torrensville in 1897. A clerk, he was 19 years old when he enlisted at Port Broughton on 8 February 1917.

Gordon was appointed to 13th Reinforcements 32 Battalion and embarked aboard HMAT A30 “Borda” on 23 June 1917 and disembarked in Plymouth, England, on 25 August. After training in England he proceeded overseas to France on 18 December 1917 and was taken on strength of 43 Battalion in the field. 43 Battalion was in the line at Boisl’Abbe when Gordon was gassed.

43 Battalion Diary, 26 April 1917:

“At 3a.m. gas concentration again put down and by 6a.m. 9000 shells fell on brigade sector. Heavy casualties resulted. Intermittent gas shelling continued until 11a.m. with several small area shoots during afternoon. Casualties continued to come in up to midday of 27th by which time our casualties amounted to A Coy 2 officers 66 other ranks, B Coy 1 officer 50 other ranks, C Coy 14 other ranks, D Coy 50 other ranks totalling 4 officers and 200 other ranks in all. These were very largely eye cases caused by the after effects of gas saturated in the ground and clothes.”

Gordon was more seriously affected by the gas and 2 months later was invalided to England. He returned to France on 30 October and rejoined 43 Battalion 8 days before the armistice was signed to end the war. He returned to England where he was taken on strength of 5th Motor Transport Company with the rank of Driver. In June 1919 Gordon was transferred to and taken on strength of Australian Mechanical Transport Service.

Gordon embarked from England aboard HT “Friedrichsruh” on 21 January 1920 and disembarked in Melbourne on 9 March. He was discharged in Adelaide on 18 April 1920.

Gordon enlisted for service in World War 2.