MILLER, David McMillan

Rank: 
Gunner
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery, 79 (The Hertfordshire Yeomanry) H.A.A. Regt
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
1494970
Died : 
Sunday, July 30, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
26
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 

Gnr Miller is not listed as a Commando on the CWGC database,  however, on their Grave Concentration Report his unit was originally shown as 2 Commando and then scored through to show as per his Regiment.  

A Pte. Miller is mentioned in the No 2 Commando War Diary for the 31st July 1944, "3 members of the unit died of wounds in 11 C.C.S. Brindisi (L/Bdr McDougall, Pte's Miller and Bunn) on Sunday 30th July. They were buried this afternoon. The C.O. and Officers and Men of the Unit attended the funeral. The wounded in hospital were also visited."  This was just after the Commando raid at Spilje Albania.

There is an entry on the Westminster Abbey Commando ROH for a No 2 Commando in the name of Gnr. S. Miller. This entry shows he died of wounds on the same date. There is no S. Miller in the CWGC database dying on that date so the initial may be wrong. In the light of the War Diary entry, and the Westminster Abbey entry, this record is created in the hope that one day more information will come to light to clarify the situation.

It may be that Gnr Miller was either a Commando, or part of the Royal Artillery light ack ack battery assigned to the Commando,  whilst they were on Vis.  This battery accompanied No 2 on many of their island raids during their stay on Vis.*

* Source: Commandos - The definitive history of Commando Operations by Charles Messenger.


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