William George MILLETT

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MILLETT, William George

Service Number: 5421
Enlisted: 12 February 1916, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Douglas, Queensland, 3 July 1897
Home Town: Gordonvale, Cairns, Queensland
Schooling: Craigslea State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 20 September 1917, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot XXIII, Row B, Grave No. 19, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Lijssenthoek, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mossman War Memorial, Port Douglas Memorial
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World War 1 Service

12 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5421, Townsville, Queensland
20 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5421, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5421, 12th Infantry Battalion, SS Hawkes Bay, Sydney
20 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 5421, 12th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road, Shell wound (both feet)
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5421, 12th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

The two enlisted children of William Millett and Margaret (née Howard) Millett of Gordonvale, Queensland:-

7724 Pte. Thomas Millett [served as Thomas Augustine O'DONOGHUE] (/explore/people/328128) - returned to Australia;

5421 Pte. William George Millett - died of wounds.

'Died from Wounds.

The sad news has been received that No. 5421. Private William George Millett died on 22nd September, 1917, from gunshot wounds in France. Private Millett is the son of Mr. William Millett, "The Grange," Port Douglas, and a brother to Mrs. Geo. Cockrem, "Banana Farm," Gordonvale.' from Cairns Post 4 Oct 1917 (nla.gov.au)

'IN MEMORIAM.

MILLETT—- A silent tribute of deep affection to the everlasting memory of our affectionate brother. Private William G. Millett, 12th Battalion, A.I.F. Died of wounds, 20th September, 1917, aged 20 years and 2 months. Interred in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Dearer to memory than words can
tell.
Are thoughts of a brother we loved
so well;
Remembrances sweet, but said to re-
call.
One of the best, loved and missed by
all.

(Inserted by his sorrowing sister and brother-in-law, G. and M. Cochrem, Banna Farm, Gordonvale.)

MILLETT.— In sad and loving memory of Pte. William George Millett, who was killed at Polygon Wood, on September 20th, 1917.

My dreary days they come and go,
In sad recollection and silent woe
Of my dear son who lost his life,
In scenes of slaughter and bitter strife.

(Inserted by his loving father, William Millett, Gordonvale.)' from Cairns Post 20 Sep 1920 (nla.gov.au)

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