Private James Miller
Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.
James Miller was born on the 11th of May 1896 in Dorking, Surrey to labourer James Miller Snr and Emma Jane Miller nee Peters.
James’ mother Emma Jane Peters was born in the 3rd quarter of 1871 in Dorking, Surrey, and his father, James Miller Snr, was born about 1861 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. They married in the 1st quarter of 1891 in the Registration District of Dorking, Surrey.
At the time of the 1891 Census, James Miller Snr and Emma Jane Miller lived at 7 Ebenezer Road, Dorking, Surrey. James was working as a general labourer.
James Miller Jnr had ten siblings of whom eight are known: May Miller born on the 5th of March 1894 in Wimbledon, Surrey; Emma Margaret Miller born on the 19th of March 1898 in Dorking, Surrey; Rosina Miller born on the 21st of July 1900 in Dorking, Surrey; Violet Mabel Miller born on the 9th of February 1902 in Dorking, Surrey; George Miller born in the 4th quarter of 1904 in Dorking, Surrey; Alfred Miller born on the 27th of February 1907 in Dorking, Surrey; Frederick Robert born on the 8th of October 1909 in Dorking, Surrey and Bertha Helen Miller born on the 27th of February 1912.
James Miller was born on the 11th of May 1896 in Dorking, Surrey and was baptised on the 7th of October 1900 at St Martin’s church in Dorking. At the time of the baptism the family lived at 36 Cotmandene in Dorking. James Miller Snr was working as a labourer.
At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 36 Cotmandene, Dorking, Surrey. James Miller Snr was working as a gas stoker and Emma was looking after their children: May, James, Emma Margaret and Rosina.
At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 31 Mill Lane in Dorking. James Miller Snr was working as a general labourer and Emma was at home. Of their children: May was a laundry maid ironer; James Jnr was grocer’s errand boy and Emma; Rosina; Violet; George; Alfred and Robert were scholars. Emma stated that she had given birth to nine children of whom eight were still alive. The accommodation had five rooms.
James Miller Snr died in December 1914 in Dorking and was buried on the 22nd of December 1914 at the Dorking Municipal Cemetery.
James’ sister May Miller married military policeman Amos Edwin Booker, by Banns, on the 24th of January 1915 at St Martin’s church in Dorking. At the time of the marriage May lived at 31 Mill Lane in Dorking.
James Miller Jnr enlisted in September 1915 in Dorking into the 10th Battalion, the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.
At the time of his enlistment James resided in Dorking and was employed in the Bury Hill gardens and previous to that at Camilla Lacey in Westhumble.
He was a Private with regimental number G/6643.
James went to France in May 1916.
James Miller was killed in an action on the 13th of July 1916 in France.
The deceased’s Captain recalled: “Pte Miller was at the time on sentry over a bombing party within some seven or eight yards of the enemy’s trenches. A mortar fired from their lines fell among the party, wounding him and three other of his comrades. He was struck in the head by a piece of shrapnel; he never regained consciousness and expired before reaching the dressing station.” (1916 Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser)
James Miller was buried at the Berks Cemetery Extension in France. His grave reference number is I.F.20.
At the time of James’ death his mother Emma lived at 31 Ansell Road in Dorking. The 1916 Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser further reads: “Deceased was his mother’s main support. Mrs Miller lost her husband 12 months ago last December, and is left with a family of nine, six of whom are depended upon her.”
James’ sister May Booker received £2, 6s and 6d on the 23rd of October 1916 and a further £3 on the 22nd of September 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.
James Miller received the British War and Victory medals.
Born Dorking, Surrey
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of The late James and Emma Jane Miller (nee Peters) of 31 Ansell Road, Dorking
Regiment 10th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Date of Death 13th July 1916
Place of Death Belgium
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Cemetery Berks Cemetery Extension, Ploegsteert, Belgium