Lieutenant Iain MacLellan Miller

Biography of Lieutenant Iain MacLellan Miller

Iain MacLellan Miller was born on the 18th February 1895 and brought up at the Manse, Shandon, near Rhu (then Row), Dunbartonshire. He was the younger son of the Reverend Hugh Miller, Free Church Minister, and Annie Scott Miller (née MacLellan), who had married on the 20th September 1887, again in Rhu. He came to Glasgow University at the age of 18 in 1913. He was a student in the Faculty of Arts and studied Latin and Greek in his first year of University. Iain Miller was also a member of the Officer Training Corps during his time at Glasgow University.

His university career was cut short with the outbreak of war in 1914. He was enlisted at the end of his first year of study.

Miller served as Lieutenant with the 2nd Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Lieutenant Iain MacLellan Miller was killed in action on the 25th September 1915 on the first day of fighting at the Battle of Loos in France, which saw the greatest single loss of life recorded since the beginning of the war. He was one of 8,500 men to die on this day; he died at the young age of 20.

Lieutenant Miller is buried in the extension to Cambrin Churchyard Cemetery which is located in the small village of Cambrin, approximately 15 miles north of Arras, France. During the First World War the village was only about 800 metres from the front line trenches. The churchyard was used for front line burials in 1915. The extension is remarkable for the very large numbers of graves grouped by battalion, the most striking being the 79 graves of the 2nd Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of which Miller was a member.

His older brother, Lieutenant Walter Douglas Miller, later died on the 2nd October 1916 while flying over the Somme battlefield.

Summary

Lieutenant Iain MacLellan Miller
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 2nd Bn. Argyll And Sutherland Highlanders
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 25 September 1915.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/186

Sources

Biography: University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records.

Helensburgh Heritage Trust

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

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