MILLER, Albert Henry

No. GS/9850, Private, Albert Henry MILLER
Aged 23

3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Killed in Action presumed on Monday, 24th May 1915

Albert Henry Miller was born in 1892 (Mildenhall Q2-1892 4A:786) , son of Richard Frederick and Ann Rebecca MILLER (née ROLPH).

1901 census...Aged 8, he was at Beck Row Road, Mildenhall with his father Richard MILLER [44] carter for railway, born Lakenheath; his mother Ann [34] born Littleport, brothers Claude [16], apprentice carriage builder, and Ernest [11] born Mildenhall; sisters Phoebe [14] born Newmarket, Ethel [7] and Margaret [2] both born in Mildenhall.
He had an elder brother Percy I [1884=1975].

1911 census... Aged 19, a grocer's assistant,he was at Fuller's Yard, Kingsway, Mildenhall with his parents (father now labourer); brother Ernest (farm labourer) ; sisters Ethel, Margaret and Doris [9] born Mildenhall. 2 siblings had died.

CWGC have his father living at The Fields, Mildenhall, post war.

He enlisted in Wood Green.
The 3rd Royal Fusiliers were only in France/Flanders from January to October 1915 before going to Salonika. On 16th May together with the 2nd Leinsters and Garhwal Rifles they made an unsuccessful attack on May 16th on the enemy's trenches, and in consequence remained in trenches south of Neuve Chapelle, with their HQ on the Rue du Bois.
On 24th May the Germans delivered a gas attack, even the 4th Battalion five miles away at Dickebusch experienced its effects. The gas cloud carried across the British line between ShellTrap Farm, north of the St Julien road and-Bellwarde Lake. 3rd Fusiliers then lying south of the Ypres-Roulers railway had to contend not only with the gas and bombardment, but with the exposure of their left flank where the troops had left the trenches. Intense fighting took place and the surviving 150 out of 880 Fusiliers, assisted by about 200 Buffs managed to hold the third line for the rest of the day.
Major Baker the CO was the only officer left from 17, casualties had amounted to 536 . It was probably the worst losses in a day's battle of any Fusilier battalion during the war.

That much was gathered from "The Royal Fusiliers in the Great War" by C.O'Neill. CWGC records 139 killed, only 2 with known graves.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Albert Miller is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres panels 6 and 8

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