MILLER, Egbert Arnold
(Service number 24/1529)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 8 December 1893 Place of Birth Jung, Victoria, Australia

Enlistment Information

Date 29 May 1915 Age 21 years
Address at Enlistment C/o T. Johnston, Albury, New Zealand
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John Nurse MILLER (father), Finebrace Street, Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcements to 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship F Company
Date 13 November 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Egyptian E. F.; Western European
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


Date 6 June 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 5 April 1961 Age 67 years
Place of Death Victoria, Australia
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Egbert Arnold Miller was born on 8 December 1893 at Jung, Victoria, Australia, the youngest son of the six sons of John Nurse and Helen Wallace (née Buchanan) Miller. There were also four dughters. In late May 1915, men were “offering more freely” at Timaru. E. A. Miller, Albury, was one of those who had passed the medical test and had signed on to leave Timaru for Trentham by special train on 29 May. He was one of the men given a rousing farewell when they went north to the concentration camp at Trentham in late May 1915. After afternoon tea in the Drill Shed and an address by the Mayor, amidst much cheering from the crowds, they were played to the railway Station by the Regimental Band and joined recruits from the south (Invercargill, Dunedin and Oamaru) on a very long special troop train. He enlisted on 29 May 1915 at Timaru, stating that he was a recent immigrant. A farm labourer at Albury and single, he named his father as next-of-kin – John Nurse Miller, Finebrace Street, Horsham, Victoria, Australia.

In April 1919 Egbert was coming home, intending to go to 10 Mary Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Perhaps Myrtle was waiting there for him. He married Myrtle Olive Friend née McGrath in 1920 and in 1924 they were living at 10 Mary Street, St Kilda, Egbert employed as a tram driver. E. A. Miller was discharged on 6 June 1919, after four years and 9 days of service, three years and 178 days being overseas. He had served in Egypt and Western Europe and with the Army of Occupation. Egbert Arnold Miller died on 5 April 1961 in Victoria. His brother Henry Miller served with the Australian Forces in World War One.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [16 May 2022]; Victoria, Australia records ( [20 May 2022]; Australian Electoral Rolls ( [20 May 2022]; Timaru Herald, 26 & 31May 1915, NZ Times, 26 April 1919 (Papers Past) [14, 16 & 22 May 2022]

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