Private James Miller
Private 9266 James Miller, born 1879, Pelton Fell, Chester-Le-Street, County Durham. Married April 1907 to Margaret Jane Forster, born Pelton Fell. Enlisted with the 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, 'Z' Company, Newcastle. Killed in Action 16th June 1915 at Bellewaarde, Ypres. James has no known grave, his name can be seen on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.
He served in England until 09/11/1900 and then Australia until 22/04/1901, England until 06/11/1901, South Africa (Boer War) until 06/04/1903, Mauritius until 08/02/1906, India until 06/02/1907 and discharged 09/02/1907. During these periods he did spend several days in jail for being drunk and disorderly, swearing and using abusive language, however, he did reach the rank of L/Cpl from 09/06/1902 to 29/11/1902. He re-enlisted in 1914 at Chester-le-Street and was given a new Reg. No 9266.
James was awarded the Queens South Africa Medal with clasp and the Cape Colony Transvaal medal 1901, 1902.
James left a wife, Margaret Jane and four children, James, Elizabeth Mary, Jane Peel and Margaret Jane, born 27th July 1915, about five and a half weeks after James' death.
The photograph to the left was taken approximately November 1914, just prior to embarkation to France. James is posing with his wife, Margaret Jane and eldest son James, who is about 6½ years of age and dressed in an army uniform. Click on the image to enlarge.
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Chester Chronicle dated 16/06/1916
"In loving memory of my dear husband James Miller,
reported missing on 16 June 1915, now reported killed.
In the bloom of life death claimed him,
In the pride of his manhood days;
None knew him but to love him,
None mentioned his name but with praise;
His smiling face I shall never forget,
Though years may pass away.
As I gaze on your picture that hangs on the wall,
Your smile and your welcome I often recall;
I miss you and mourn you in sorrow unseen,
And dwell on the memories of days that have been.
Oh, how my heart does ache,
When I think of how you died;
To think you could not speak to me,
Before you closed your eyes.
Ever remembered by his loving wife and four children, father and mother-in-law."
Kind permission of Jeff Jefferson