Norman Heath Miller

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: 12th August 1912
  • Place of enlistment: HMS Unicorn, Dundee
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  • Rank: Lieutenant
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  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
  • Unit/Ship: Howe Battalion, R.N. Div
  • Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Age at Death: 23
  • Date of Death: 04.06.1915
  • Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Cemetery: Helles Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 8 to 15

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 24.07.1892
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address:
  • Occupation: John N. Kyd & Co, Dundee, Jute Processors
  • Mother:

    Alice May Heath Miller, “Redroofs” Broughty Ferry

  • Father:

    Thomas Leven Miller, “Redroofs” Broughty Ferry

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More about Norman Heath Miller

Norman has no known grave but is remembered on the Helles Memorial. He attended Seafield House, Broughty Ferry from 1901-1907 gaining a scholarship to Bath College.

Family background:

Norman`s father, Thomas, ran a successful jute processing business and the family lived at Red Roofs, Broughty Ferry. Norman was educated at Seafield Lodge, Broughty Ferry and Bath College before taking a course in Jute Manufacturing at Dundee Technical College in 1912 and studying the business in  France and Germany. His brother, Kenneth, also fought in the war as a Lieutenant in the 4th Black Watch.

Service History:

Commissioned as a sub lieutenant in Clyde Division RNVR onboard HMS Unicorn on 12th August 1912 Norman fought with the Howe Battalion at the Defence of Antwerp in 1914. He was promoted to Temporary Lieutenant on 24th December 1914 and went to the Dardanelles in early 1915, as second in command of a company of 200 men. He was killed at the 3rd Battle of Krithia on 4th June 1915.

Norman H Miller was the eldest son of Mr Thomas Leven Miller and Mrs Alice Mary Heath Miller of Red Roofs, Broughty Ferry. He joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve at Dundee in May 1912 and was mobilised for service in the Royal Naval Division in late August 1914. After being appointed to the Howe Battalion as a Sub Lieutenant he served at Antwerp. He was promoted to Lieutenant in December 1914 after proving to be a good an effective leader and appointed as the Second in Command of a Company of 200 men of the Howe Battalion. He remained with the Howe as it retrained at Blandford Camp in Dorset and sailed with it to Gallipoli in late February 1915. He was killed in action in the Third Battle of Krithia during the first wave of the attack on 4 June and his body was not recovered. He had entered his father’s jute processing business just before the war. Between 1912 and 1914 he studied Jute Manufacturing at the Dundee Institute of Technology (Student Number 1354), and he was also educated in France and Germany. Norman Miller is commemorated on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli, the HMS Unicorn Memorial, St Stephen’s Church Memorial and the Seafield House Memorial.


Information supplied by Gary Thomson, further information kindly supplied by Hugh Macrae, Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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