Robert Charles MILLER

MILLER, Robert Charles

Service Number: 2736
Enlisted: 20 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Northcote, Victoria, Australia, 1890
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Napier Street State School, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Bootmaker
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2736, Depot Battalion
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2736, 22nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '14' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2736, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2736, 60th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2736 awm_unit: 60th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-07-19

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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.