MILLAR, Letitia Annie
(Service number 22/275)

Aliases Annie Letitia
First Rank Nurse Last Rank Sister


Date 13 August 1881 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 21 December 1915 Age 34 yrs 4 mths
Address at Enlistment Trentham Camp
Occupation Nurse
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs Robert MILLAR (mother), Princes Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 119 lbs. Chest measurement 31-34 inches.

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 New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals 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 31 March 1919 Reason Struck off strength

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

29 December 1916 admitted to N.Z. Nurses Convalescent Station - pleurisy

Post-war Occupations



Date 17 May 1970 Age 88 yrs
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Karori Cemetery, Wellington
Memorial Reference Soldiers Section, Plot 34 T/5
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Letitia Annie MILLAR, possibly known as Annie, was the daughter of Robert and Alice (nee ORR) MILLAR. She was a sister of William David MILLAR who died of wounds at Gallipoli, and a sister of Robert James MILLAR (6/507) who also served in WWI. Letitia was educated at Timaru South and Timaru Main schools, before training as a nurse at the Timaru Hospital and gaining her registration in August 1913. She left with the 9th Reinforcements in January 1916 to carry out her duty in the war effort. At Trentham, on 13 April 1916, Letitia lost 1 days pay for overstaying her leave. She embarked at Devonport on 1 November 1917 per "Mokoia", and returned on duty to New Zealand. Letitia Annie returned to New Zealand as a nurse with a draft of invalided soldiers, arriving at Lyttelton on 6 January 1918. Accompanied by a medical man and six men of the ranks, all belonging to South Canterbury, she travelled to Timaru by the express and was given a hearty welcome by a large crowd. The Mayor addressed them briefly, and he made special mention of Sister Millar and Dr. W. H. Unwin, as he had learned of the splendid service these two had rendered their boys. His expression of thanks and appreciation to all returning, on behalf of the people of South Canterbury, was met with applause. Once back in New Zealand she returned to nursing, firstly in Timaru and then in various parts of the country. On 21 February 1918 Letitia was called up for duty at the Waikato Sanatorium. She spent her retirement in Wellington where she died. Letitia is buried in the Soldiers section of Karori Cemetery. at the July 1916 meeting of the Timaru South School Committee, the headmaster reported that Nurs Millar's name, amongst others, had been added to the roll of honour.


Cenotaph Database [09 January 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0080794; AABK 18805 W5948 0358492) [02 September 2014]; Headstone image & burial record Karori Cemetery (Wellington City Council) [28 July 2014]; Headstone transcription Karori (Wellington Branch NZSG) [28 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 08 January 1916, 05 July 1916, 7 & 9 January 1918, Press, 5 January 1918 (Papers Past) [28 July 2014]; Probate reference (Archives NZ, per NZSG) [28 July 2014]; School Admission Records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [28 July 2014; 01 September 2014]; Registration of Nurses (NZ Gazette, per NZSG) [28 July 2014]; Register of Nurses (NZ Gazette, per [01 September 2014]; NZ Electoral rolls ( [01 September 2014]

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