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Royal Warwickshire Regiment

by millyb

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William Jack Millard
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17 May 2004

Jack enlisted at Birmingham at the age of 19,his service number was 5113010.He was posted to France on the 18.08.1940,and evacuated from Dunkirk on the 30.05.1940.Jack returned to france on D Day, being promoted to acting Corporal on the 17.07.1944.He was killed outside the village of Emieville on the 20.07.1944 .Untill this year i did not now how he died untill i read a book bye Marcus Cunliffe at the museum,in Warwick.I quote: There were several gallant acts during this period.The next day,for example,B company were losing men to a german machine- gunner firing from close range from Emieville,the village just beyond Cuillerville wood.Corporal W.J.Millard crawled toward the enemy Spandau with his Bren gun, then got up and rushed it,firing from the hip. He killed two of the enemy,only to be mortally wounded himself.:The next day the Germans had left Emieville unoccupied.Jack is buried with his mates either side of him, at Ranville cemetary. Just outside Caen not far from were he fell

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Message 1 - Hi

Posted on: 17 May 2004 by Andy1971

Just to say thanks for posting this info about J W Millard, I will be attending the events in Normandy this June and visiting Ranville cem as we are staying right near it. Ill look out for the grave, if you have never been before and would like me to take a photo and email it to you when I get back let me know. Im already doing this for a few people so it would be no problem.



Message 2 - hi Andy

Posted on: 18 May 2004 by millyb

Many thanks for your message. I was able to visit my dads brothers grave two years ago while staying in Caen. I travelled down the coast over the beaches, unfortuniatly missing Utah and Omagh, having to catch the ferry from Cherbourg.In the cemetary guide book my uncle is recorded as William John but i was told he prefared Jack. I would be happy to recieve anthing you kindly send. I have a picture of Jack and his company and officers if you would like one. Many


Message 3 - hi Andy

Posted on: 18 May 2004 by Andy1971

Hi Milly glad you got to see the grave, its strange, my Grandad was John Robert, and he also prefered Jack.Dont think I ever heard anyone call him by his proper name.

Ill be taking quite a few pics of the ceremony at Ranville war cem so ill send you a couple by email when I get back. Id love to see the picture you mention. Ive got a plan here of Ranville cem, ill look on the CWGC website and find the grave number. Ill pay my respects when out there.

All the best



Message 4 - hi Andy

Posted on: 10 June 2004 by rollaway

My father, Lawrence Frank Drake( Royal Warkwicksire Reg)who was known as Laurie was killed close by Caen on 23rd June 1944. He is buried there and I wonder of you could let me have a copy of the picture you mention so that i can see if he is in it.

Thanks David


Message 5 - hi Andy

Posted on: 22 July 2004 by millyb

Sorry for being off line so long.I have had to change my e mail address, so never received any pictures you may of sent. Hope you found journey enjoyable to remember such sad times.


Message 6 - hi Andy

Posted on: 23 July 2004 by Andy1971

Hi Milly, if you let me know your new addy ill send them again if you would like.



Message 7 - hi Andy

Posted on: 24 July 2004 by millyb

Thanks Andy. New address reads


Message 8 - hi Andy

Posted on: 05 August 2004 by Andy1971

Hi Milly photos sent few days ago, hope you got them.



Message 9 - hi Andy

Posted on: 05 August 2004 by millyb

thank you Andy just got them thursday 5 august. going to save them now.Again many thanks


Message 10 - hi Andy

Posted on: 06 August 2004 by Andy1971

No problem, your welcome

All the best


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