Frederick Thomas Miller

Son of Thomas and Mary Miller, of ‘Stoodleigh’, West Buckland, South Molton, Devon. The farm house is still inhabited by the Miller family and was also the first site of West Buckland School when it was established in 1858.  Frederick attended West Buckland as a boarder between 1904 and 1906. He had joined the North Devon Hussars prior to the outbreak of the war. The School’s Register of June 1916 reported that he had been promoted to Sergeant with the Royal Devon and Royal North Devon Yeomanry (full title) by this date, serving with them in Gallipoli. He was still a Sergeant with the 16th Battalion of this regiment at the time of his death on the 3rd December 1917, aged 27 during General Allenby’s advance upon Jerusalem. He died on the same day as another Old Boy of West Buckland School, Edgar Winzer, and they are also buried in the same cemetery (Jerusalem War Cemetery), just 17 graves apart Frederick’s parents lost all three sons within nine months of each other. The three boys are remembered at West Buckland Church.

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