Robert Charles MILLER


MILLER, Robert Charles

Service Numbers: 2936, 2736
Enlisted: 20 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Northcote, Victoria, Australia, 1890
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bootmaker
Died: Killed in action, France, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2936, 22nd Infantry Battalion
27 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2736, 22nd Infantry Battalion
27 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2736, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2736, 60th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 60th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

His older brother 2735 Pte. William Henry Miller 60th Battalion was also killed in action the same day 19 July, 1916. Age 27.

Robert was also born in Northcote Victoria, and married to Alice May Miller of Northcote Victoria, and had a 3 year old son. He was 26 years and 3 months old at the time of his death, and is remembered at VC Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France, panel 21. The son VX69158 Cpl. Robert Leo Miller served during WW2. 

From the Red Cross files ..."on the 19th July, 1916, we went over the top at 6.45 p.m to attack Fromelles. I saw W. Miller fall first and his brother ran to speak to him, and he was hit by machine gun fire I think. One of the same platoon, Alexander, who has lost an eye, and who I fancy is now home, told me that in coming back he had seen both brothers dead ..." (Private H. George, 3740, 60th Australians)

A third brother, 1203 Harold Albert Miller 23rd Battalion AIF enlisted in 1915 and returned to Australia in March 1919.