McMILLAN, Robert Scott
(Service number 52629)

Aliases Enlisted as MacMILLAN
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 20 August 1896 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Southburn
Occupation Ploughman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin William MacMILLAN (McMILLAN) (father), Southburn, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 29th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 15 August 1917
Transport Ruahine
Embarked From Destination Glasgow, Scotland
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry

Military Awards

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Award Circumstances and Date

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

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Council employee


Date 12 August 1966 Age 69 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 142, Plot 403
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Scott McMillan was born on 20 August 1896 at Timaru, the son of William and Catherine Helen (née Hutchison) McMillan. He was educated at Southburn School, the family having moved to Southburn from the Pareora Estate in April 1900. He was a ploughman at Southburn when his name was drawn in the Military Service Ballot late in 1916. He enlisted as "MacMillan", the spelling by which he was called up as.

Robert MacMillan embarked on 15 August 1917 with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment of the 29th Reinforcements, per the “Ruahine”, destined for Glasgow, Scotland.

He died on 12 August 1966 at Timaru, just eight days before his 70th birthday, and was buried at Timaru. His wife, Barbara Pearl (née McGowan), died seven months later. His older brother, Archibald Hutchison McMillan, also served in World War One.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [29 September 2020 & 30 May 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [10 December 2018]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [30 September 2020]; Star, 15 December 1916 (Papers Past) [28 September 2020]; ; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [30 May 2021]

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