Sergeant James Miller

Biography of Sergeant James Miller

James Miller was born 12 January 1881 in Bridgeton, Glasgow. His parents were John and Mary Miller. His father was employed as a Power Loom Tenter.

In 1900, aged 19, James passed preliminary exams in English, Latin, Greek, Mathematics and Dynamics to join the University of Glasgow. He joined the Arts Faculty although it is evident from the crossings out on his matriculation slip that he also considered joining the Science Faculty. He took Latin, Education, Middle Greek, Moral Philosophy, Mathematics, Chemistry, English, Natural Philosophy, Physical and Chemical Laboratory and Roman Law. He gained a first class certificate in Physical Laboratory in his third year. He graduated with a Master of Arts 18 April 1904.

He continued his studies for a further year at the University in the 1905-6 session, this time taking classes in the Science Faculty. He took Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, Physical Laboratory and Junior Astronomy. He was awarded a first class certificate in Professor William Jack’s Intermediate Honours Mathematics class.

He did not pursue a further qualification and instead began to teach. In his second year at the University he moved to 48 Windsor Terrace, St George’s Road, Glasgow and he remained there throughout his studies and while he worked as a teacher after graduating. In 1912 he accepted a position as a teacher at Kirkwall, a Public School on the Orkney Islands and moved to live at the school. He married Evelyn Mona Miller.

During World War 1 he joined the Royal Engineers, Trench Mortar Battery and Special Company No. 2. Special Companies were involved in the handling of poison gas shells. During the war he was a Sergeant and was awarded the Military Medal for non-commissioned officers exhibiting bravery in battle. He died in action 10th April 1918 aged 36. He is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


Sergeant James Miller
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Royal Engineers - No 2 Special Company - Trench Mortar Battery
Degree: MA
Awards: Military Medal
Comments: Killed in action near Ypres 10 April 1918
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/187


R4/1/3 MA Graduate Schedule

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R8/5/21-24 & 26/6 Matriculation Record

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