SMITH, Miller

Rank: 
Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Police Intake: 
Yes
Regiment/Corps: 
Coldstream Guards
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
2657063
Died : 
Friday, October 23, 1942
Executed
Age: 
26
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Sergeant Miller Smith, an ex Policeman from Southport, was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.
 
There is a photo of Sgt Smith in the main gallery, and one in the CVA Memorials and Plaques Album of the Memorial Plaque at Sachsenhausen to these and other men who were executed there.
 
Notes
It is believed that Sgt Miller Smith may have held the temporary rank of CSM, his war substantive rank being Sergeant.
 

A Special Memorial Service for Sgt. Miller Smith

Units: 
Extract from Commando Association newsletter 96 issued March 1993
 
Special Commando Memorial Service
On 25th October last, a special Memorial Service and Parade was held in honour of Commando Sergeant Miller Smith (2 Cdo), a Southport ex-policeman, who, participating on "Operation Musketoon" the raid on Glomfjord Power Station, Norway, on 20th September, 1942, was captured with eight others trying to escape via Sweden. Subsequently taken to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and executed by the SS under Hitler's infamous Reprisal Order.
 
ln spite of atrocious weather, there was a magnificent turnout of veterans to honour him. The service was held in the South Chapel Memorial, the Mayor and Mayoress being in attendance. The Last Post was rendered beautifully by a Guardsman Bugler, and a wreath on behalf of the Commandos was laid ty Colonel Donald Long, MC., TD., DL. (9 Cdo). The march past was led by the Coldstream Guards (Sgt. Smith's parent regiment), under the command of a Guards Officer and NCO, followed by the Guards Association with Standard.
 
Following on was our large contingent of Commandos of some 50 in number from Bolton and Warrington with the Warrington Commando Standard, under the able guidance of Geoff Wilkes and George Rees, plus local Commandos, including Geoff Riley (5 Cdo) and Ernie Heaton (45 RM Cdo.)
 
Several other Associations with Standards also paraded. After the march past, a reception was held for all visitors who attended.

Read more about the raid [Operation Musketoon].

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