1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Edward Job Millin

Contributed by: Patricia Muriel Davey, on 2008-11-11

Edward Job Milin
First Name Edward Job
Surname Millin
Year of Birth 1878
Year of Death 1916
Regiment King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Place of Wartime Residence Ampney St Peter, Gloucestershire

Edward Job's Story

Proud and loving memories of my Grandfather Captain E J Millin - killed gallantly leading his men in action 1st July 1916.

In August 1914 as a Colour Sergeant the most senior soldier left in his Regiment - all the Officers having been killed or taken prisoner - he refused to accept the order to retreat and kept fighting until he received a head wound (a Blighty wound) and then rode with the ammunition back through the lines to ensure that it did not fall into enemy hands. This brave action was seen by the French and the French Government awarded him their highest purely Military medal for gallantry - the Medaile Millitaire.

After treatment in Britain for his serious head injury he accepted a Commission and went back to France where he was killed on the first day of The Somme. My mother, his daughter, was just 5 months and 1 week old.

Our freedom was secured by their sacrifice - their sacrifice must not be in vain - we must defend the Freedom which my Grandfather and others like him bought at such great cost.

Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends.

When you go home tell them of us and say - for your tomorrow we gave our today

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