This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Perth
- Service no: 322
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 29
- Date of Death: 22/07/1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Fouquieres Churchyard Extension
- Grave/Mem Ref no: I. 9.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Blairgowrie
- Address: 281 Hilltown, Dundee
John B. Miller, 281 Hilltown, Dundee
More about Joseph Miller
In a letter to his father, Mr Miller, 281 Hilltown, a comrade mentioned a shell had burst overhead, killing an officer and fatally wounding Miller on 22 July 1915. The Battalion’s War Diary elaborates, mentioning an accident with a French mortar team which left 2nd Lieut. G. Mitchell and two other ranks dead, and three men wounded.
Miller died minutes later and was buried that afternoon.
He lies close to others of the regiment killed on the same date in Fouquieres Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France, I. 9.DUNDEE BLACK WATCH MAN IS KILLED BY BURSTING OF SHELL. Another name has to be added to the already long list of Black Watch men belonging to Dundee who have fallen in France.
Mr Miller, who resides at 281 Hilltown, Dundee, has received official intimation that his son, Private Joseph Miller, 1st Black Watch, died of wounds on 22d July. A comrade, writing to Mr Miller, states that his son was acting as a bomb-thrower, and a shell burst overhead, severely wounding him and killing an officer. So badly was Private Miller injured that he only lived ten minutes, and he was buried in the afternoon.
Private Miller was a reservist, having previously served nine years in the Black Watch, seven of which were spent in India. He was 29 years of age. The Courier, Thursday, 19 August 1915, 4.
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