Sapper
Gordon Basil Miller

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About Gordon Basil

  • Name
    Gordon Basil
  • Initials
    GB
  • Surname
    Miller
  • Date of Birth
    25 October 1898
  • Birth town
    Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
  • Resided town
    Wellingborough, Northants and Benfleet, Essex
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
    English
  • Place of death
    Southend, Essex
  • Date of death
    1975
  • Married
    yes
  • Occupation
    Civil Servant

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
    3194/528401
  • Rank
    Sapper
  • Regiment
    Royal Engineers

Biography

Gordon Basil Miller was born in Wellingborough on 25 October 1898, the only child of Harrold and Elizabeth Matilda (nee Hardwick).  In 1901 Harrold (32), a postman, Elizabeth (40) and Gordon (2) were living at 41 North Street, Wellingborough.  In 1911 Gordon (12) was visiting 2 Penshurst Road, Ramsgate, Kent.

Gordon enlisted with the Royal Engineers in Bedford on 5 October 1915 and gave his occupation as a learner telegraphist with the General Post Office (GPO).  He was 18 years 245 days, stood at 5’4” with a 35” chest.  He disembarked on 25 October 1915.  Gordon was serving with the 69th Divisional Signal Company of the Royal Engineers when he passed through Peterborough East Station on 21 June 1916 and was stationed at Barnham Camp.

We only have very brief service records for Gordon, but know that he was admitted to hospital in Paisley on 11 October 1918 with acute nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys). He remained in hospital until he was discharged, as no longer physically fit for war, on 3 April 1919.  He was awarded the British War and Allied Victory medals and the Silver War Badge.

Gordon married Daisy Fowler in Wellingborough in the September quarter of 1920.  They had a daughter, Elizabeth, born in Wellingborough on 13 May 1921.  They also had two sons born in Rochford, Essex: Alan, born Mar qtr 1929, who sadly died in the September qtr of the same year and Terence, born June qtr 1930.

After the war, Gordon continued his career with the Post Office and in 1939 he was assistant inspector – telegraph and telephone traffic. The family were living at St Margaret’s, Melcombe Road, Benfleet, Essex.  Their daughter, Elizabeth was a clerical assistant with the GPO accounts department.  During World War 2, Gordon was an Air Raid Precautions Instructor for the GPO.

Gordon died in Benfleet, Essex on 12 February 1975, aged 76.  He was living at 22 Melcourt Road.

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