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MILLAR, Leonard William
(Service number 1354)

Aliases Len; CWGC & AIF have MILLER.
First Rank Last Rank Private

Birth

Date 17 April 1894 Place of Birth Orari Bridge, Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date 29 August 1914 Age 20 yrs 4 mths
Address at Enlistment Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Brickmaker
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Robert MILLER (brother), High Street, Waimate
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 178 lbs. Chest measurement 36 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair fair.

Military Service

Served with Australian Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Australian Imperial Forces
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date
Transport
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With 3rd Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
Service Medals 1914/1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date

Discharge

Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Wounded 27 April 1915 at the Dardanelles, Gallipoli.

Post-war Occupations

Death

Date 19 May 1915 Age 21 yrs
Place of Death Dardanelles, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Notices
Memorial or Cemetery 4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey
Memorial Reference E. 9.
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Beaconsfield/Otipua War Memorial (as L Miller); Southburn School War Memorial; Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour (Panel 37)

Biographical Notes

Leonard William MILLAR (Len) was the eldest son of Alexander and Caroline Sarah (née BELL) MILLAR, late of Pareora, then of Waimate, later of Pirinoa. He was educated at Anama, Westerfield and Lismore schools in the Ashburton district, and at Pareora where he lived for some time, and at Southburn. On 4 February 1916, The Timaru Herald published much of a very touching letter sent to Len's mother at Waimate by Private H. N. Maher (the only survivor of eight who left their hometown together), of Greenbell, New South Wales, Australia, informing her of the death of her son at Gaba Tepe on 26 May 1915. Len and Private Maher were friends in Australia before the war broke out. They enlisted together and made a vow to stick together, no matter what may happen. "Len was as true a comrade as ever lived," he wrote, "the very type of Australia's manhood. . .. He was the bravest of the brave. . . . They have parted us by death. But I shall always remember him." He told Mrs Millar (Miller) that she should be proud in the memory that her son gave his life for for his country, and assured her that Len died without any pain and the boys of his company buried him at Gaba Tepe, in "a lovely grave with a little cross erected over it with his name and number". Pte Maher sent Len's little Bible, the only thing he had of Len's, to Mrs Millar. He too was grieving. Len was like a brother to him and he hoped one day to meet Len's mother. His brother (and next-of-kin) Robert James MILLAR (58558) also served in WWI. In the brief Will which he made on enlistment, Leonard gave the whole of his property and effects to his brother Robert. On 3 January 1916 one brown paper parcel of Leonard's effects was despatched per 'Ulysses' to his brother, containing 1 disc, 1 pipe, 1 fountain-pen, 1 purse, 1 Testament and 2 note-books. He was buried in the 4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery as the 3rd Battalion (with which he served) Parade Ground Cemetery was very concentrated. He was initially buried at Bridges Road (Grave No. 4). In 1922 his father acknowledged receipt of the Victory Medal and the British War Medal, as well as the Memorial Scroll and King's Message. Leonard gave "gallant service". He was well known and popular in athletics, distinguished himself in boxing and cycling, and was a good rifle shot. Leonard was sorely missed by his family who remembered him through memorial notices.

Sources

CWGC [19 November 2013]; Australian Imperial Force Attestation Paper (National Archives of Australia) [21 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 7 June 1915, 25 June 1915, 4 February 1916, 27 May 1916, 26 May 1917, 25 May 1918, 27 May 1919 (Papers Past) [19 November 2013; 01 & 02 September 2014]; Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial (www.awm.gov.au) [20 November 2013]; NZ BDM Indexes (DiA) [22 November 2013]; NZ Birth Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs historical records) [22 November 2013]; School Admission Records (South Canterbury Branch & Ashburton Branch NZSG) [November 2013; 01 September 2014]

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