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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

John Miller

John MillerBolton Journal and Guardian 15 October 1915

A Youthful Patriot’s Death

Though he was killed so long ago as the 21st August information has only just been received by his mother, Mrs. Miller, 221, Spa-rd., of the death of her son, Private John Miller. The dead hero, who was only 18 years of age, had been a year in the Imperial services, having been so very keen to volunteer that he enrolled in the Lancashire Fusiliers when he was only 17. He went out with his battalion to the Dardanelles about the middle of July, and had been fighting in Gallipoli Peninsula about a month before he met his death. Prior to the war Miller was in the employ of Messrs. Magee, Marshall and Co. A brother, Thomas, is a sergeant in the Royal Field Artillery. He was in the Expeditionary Force and took part in the retreat from Mons. When in France he was run over by a gun carriage, and for a time after his recovery he was on instruction duty in London, but he is now in the fighting line.

John was the son of John Miller b.1863, a brewery worker, and Ellen Miller née Hilton b.1863.

John first appeared on the 1901 Census living at 81 Belle Green Lane Ince-in-Makerfield, Lancashire with his parents and siblings Margaret b.1885, Mary b.1889, Alice b.1891, Thomas b.1892 and Nellie b.1894.

By 1911 he John was living at 130 Willows Lane, Bolton with his parents and sisters Mary, Alice and Nellie. He was working at that time as a little piecer in a cotton spinning mill.


Name Miller, John
Rank Private
Number 3804
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Ince-in-Makerfield, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
21 August 1915
Age 18
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers