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My granduncle, James Charles Miller | Peter Miller (musician)
James Charles Miller from Bennettsbridge
Two medals. One a Victory medal, 1914 - 1918 belonging to James Charles Miller. Second a silver medal depicting a man on a very early motorcycle.
My grand uncle James Charles Miller was from Bennett's Bridge, Kilkenny, 22nd December, 1889. Not sure when he signed up. He was Corporal in Royal Engineers - 30247 - they have recored (from the internet) of his qualifying date for medal as 07/01/1915 aged 23. Division 14.J.I. But this is not definitie because his medal record says he qualified on 02/01/1915. I heard he had to lie about his age to join army as he was too young, but this doesn't tally with the date he qualified when he was 23. He may have joined up earlier in 1907 but not sure. Not aware that he had any other medals. The newspaper (Probably Wexford People) report of his brother', George's death (who also died in a car crash in 1919) says James Charles died in a Motobike crash with a lorry, but we are not sure. There is another story - word of mouth in the family - that he was killed during friendly fire. He was a corporal in the Motorcycle Division. He is buried in Le Harve. His name is spelt incorrectly on his medal card and on the medal itself "Millar" and not "Miller". In census the same spelling occurs. Know very little about his experience in the war. He died in Le Harve, where there were a lot of military hospitals. Not sure if he was brought there, injured. Some mention of France/Flanders online so may have been moved from there. Second medal looks too new to be connected and looks as though it came from a time after he died. It is possibly his medal but not sure. Silver medal came from my mother. Victory medal also came from his mother.