Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Millar, Robert

We believe that his name was miss-spelled on the plaque as Miller, Robert

Rank
Private, 2/7th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service Number
267270
Born
about 1894 at Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Parents
Robert and Susan Millar
Date of death
5 Dec 1917 (Aged about 23)
Grave
Has no known grave
Other Memorials
Panel 3, Cambrai Memorial
Inverkeithing Memorial.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

The family were living in Carnwath parish in 1901, but by 1911 had moved to Post Office Lane, North Queensferry. Robert’s father was now a joiner in HM Naval Base, Rosyth, but Robert was not present at the time of the census.

He joined the Highland Cyclist Battalion of the Territorial Army at Kirkcaldy and during the war was transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. This may mean that he had actually gone to England for employment, but as his service record has not survived, this is unclear.

The 2/7th Bn. were part of 182nd Brigade in the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division

In late November 1917 the British Army had achieved significant gains (with the support of tanks) into the German positions near the city of Cambrai in Northern France.

However, they were unable to secure these gains and in early December succumbed to a large German counter attack.

It was during one of these attacks that Robert was killed in action


Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Census 1901 (Carnwath), 1911 (family)

National Archives. Medal Card. Soldier’s Effects

Alex Morris


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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