James Saunders Miller

Military Information

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  • Service no: 305848
  • Rank: Leading Stoker
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  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Gaillardia
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death: 30
  • Date of Death: 22.03.1918
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  • Cemetery: Chatham Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 29

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Lochee, Dundee
  • Address: 8 Marybank Lane, Lochee
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  • Spouse:

    Bessie Miller, 67 Liff Rd, Lochee

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James S Miller was born in Lochee, Dundee and was the husband of Mrs Bessie Miller of 58 Liff Road, Lochee, Dundee. Chatham Naval Memorial He joined the Royal Navy in 1906 and gave his occupation as Assistant Mill Overseer. He carried out his initial training as a Stoker onboard HMS Nelson, an old armoured cruiser used as a Training Ship in Portsmouth. He served in HM Ships Acheron, Endymion, Shannon, Victorious and Lord Nelson. At the outbreak of war he was serving in HMS Vulcan, the submarine Depot Ship at Dundee. Later in the war he served in patrol craft, including HMS P27, in the North Sea and the English Channel. In October 1917 he joined HMS Gaillardia, a Convoy Escort Sloop, whose design resembled a Merchant Ship in order to lure U Boats to attack on the surface.┬áH.M.S. Gaillardia which was an Auberetia Class Sloop built under the Emergency War Programme for the Royal Navy as a Minesweeper and launched 19.05.1917. The Gaillardia was mined to the East of the Orkneys whilst escorting minelayers in Northern Barrage and over sixty men died in the sinking. It is possible too he served in HMS Bostonian, a Convoy Escort sunk on 10 October 1917, as his Service Certificate was replaced from that date. James Miller is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial in Chatham, Kent. It is possible that he appears twice in the 1920’s Dundee City Roll of Honour under entries 2771 James Millar, Leading Stoker and 2788 James Miller, Senior Petty Officer. There is no Senior Petty Officer Rate in the Royal Navy but there is Stoker Petty Officer. James S Miller had been a Stoker Petty Officer but reverted to Leading Stoker in

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