Private George Miller

Private George E. Miller, 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. He was killed in action in Belgium on 12th October 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres, aged 32. He was the son of Sarah Evans and the late George Edgar Miller, grocer of Duns and the husband of Anna Robina Roy Miller of Bowen Street, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. He had already been wounded in April 1917. His mother received a letter from a chum who had been in the same Lewis gun team saying they had gone over the top together but George had been killed almost at once. Before enlisting in August 1914 he had been apprenticed to Mr Brown of Market Square and had then gone to work in Glasgow where he had enlisted in the Camerons. He was educated at the Berwickshire High School and is also commemorated on the Memorial Tablet placed in the new Berwickshire High School, Duns. The photographs give some idea of the dreadful conditions on the battlefield. Incessant shelling had destroyed the drainage systems in Flanders and the heavy autumnal rains turned the ground into a desolate quagmire.  The third photograph shows an alert Lewis gun section.

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