Roll of Honour


William Miller


William Miller was born on the 10th September 1882, the son of William Miller, a cabinetmaker, and Jessie Miller, nee Brown, of Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Whilst at the University he studied Botany, Zoology, Physics, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Materia Medica and Therapeutics, Pathology, Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health, Surgery, Clinical Surgery, Clinical Medicine and Midwifery. William graduated MB ChB from the University of Glasgow on the 17th July 1906, aged 23.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

After leaving University, William was a House Surgeon and House Physician at the Victoria infirmary, Glasgow, before entering service with the Royal Navy.

Surgeon Miller was honoured by the Chinese government in 1914 for his part in assisting Chinese wounded whilst on board the H.M.S Britomart then stationed at Kiukiang. He received a gold medal and letters of gratitude.

Surgeon William Miller was on board the battleship HMS Bulwark and was killed by an internal explosion in the River Medway, off Sheerness, Kent, on the 26th November 1914. The HMS Bulwark explosion resulted in the loss of 745 men and 51 officers. His name is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and on a family headstone in Cathcart Cemetery in Glasgow.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register