William Richard Miller was born in
his birth being registered in the September quarter of that year. He appears on the 1881 census of Lewes,
Sussex and England as a one
year old infant living at Old Malling, Wales . The family comprised Benjamin Miller (head,
aged 32 and working as an agricultural labourer), his 31 year old wife Harriet
and their three children: Albert J Miller (a six year old scholar), Elizabeth Rosa
Miller (aged three) and William Richard (aged one). Sussex
He appears on the 1891 census as an eleven year old scholar still living at Old Malling. Elizabeth R Miller does not appear on the census but his parents and Albert do, along with some more siblings: Edward Alfred Miller (aged nine), Alice Jane Miller (aged seven), Joseph Charles Miller (aged five) and Edgar Stanley Miller (aged two).
He appears on the 1901 census of
as a twenty one year old miller’s carter living at the family home: Anchor
Cottage, Wales . The family comprised 53 year old Benjamin
Miller (a miller’s carter), his 52 year old wife Harriet (a caretaker) and
three sons: William Richard Miller (aged 21; a miller’s carter), Joseph Charles
Miller (a fifteen year old carter’s apprentice) and Edgar Stanley Miller (a 12
year old scholar). By this time, Albert
Miller was living in Mayfield with a young family of his own (and
coincidentally living next door to another Albert Miller who was possibly a
relative) and Alice Miller was working as a housemaid at Little Buckingham
Farm, Old Shoreham. I can find no trace
of Edward. Barcombe, Sussex
Chailey Parish Magazine first notes him in January 1918 as Private W B Miller MT. There are no Private W B Millers listed on the National Archives’ on-line medal information card register with Army Service Corps Motorised Transport connections but there are a couple of William R Miller possibilities. One of these is M2/227378 Private William R Miller and the other is DM2/097428 Private William R Miller. The information in Chailey’s parish magazine is repeated up to and including the final published roll in July 1919 and it seems likely that he was conscripted into the army.
Three of William’s brothers – Albert, Edward and Joseph – also served their King and Country during the First World War.