(Service number 12/775 (12/755 in Nominal Rolls))

Aliases aka Hugh KENNEDY
First Rank Private Last Rank 2nd Lieutenant


Date 5 October 1884 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 22 Calliope Road, Devonport, Auckland
Occupation Grocer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin W. MILLER (father), Grocer, Timaru
Religion Protestant
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Auckland Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Star of India or Waimana
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Auckland Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Military Cross

Award Circumstances and Date

London Gazette 2 November 1918

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

16 August 1918 - wounded for second time at Pusieres, Western Front.

Post-war Occupations



Date 20 November 1955 Age 71 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne
Memorial Reference RSA Section, Plot 228
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Hugh Miller was the son of William Donald and Elizabeth Philip Miller. He was educated at Timaru Main School. He was amongst the first to enlist and embarked with the Main Body in 1914. He secured a commission in February 1918 and was posted again to the Auckland Battalion. Hugh Miller was awarded the Military Cross after he was wounded (for second time) on 16 August 1918 at Pusieres on the Western Front. While leading his attacking sections, he came "under heavy fire from an enemy machine-gun in front. He promptly rushed forward with a Lewis gun and, under cover of his fire, enabled his sections to advance and take the position, capturing two machine-guns and seventeen prisoners. He showed great courage and promptitude. "Hugh arrived back in New Zealand on Duty Furlough in December 1918. He married Marion Elizabeth Strong in 1919 soon after his return to New Zealand. .


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [25 May 2018]; Timaru Herald, 23 november 1918, Otago Daily Times, 27 November 1918, New Zealand Herald, 26 December 1918, Press, 2 January 1919 (Papers Past) [21 & 27 May 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [26 May 2018]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [25 May 2018]; Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, records [27 May 2018]

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