Andrew Ian Millar

Date of birth:                   1879Poppies
Place of birth:                 Musselburgh, Midlothian
Date of marriage:          14th September 1909
Place of marriage:         Falkirk, Scotland
Service No.:                     S/13785
Rank:                                  Sergeant
Regiment / Division:   Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Battalion:                          7th Battalion
Died:                                   9th May 1917 aged 38 years
Death Location:            France

Life before the War

Andrew’s father was James and his mother was Alice nee Spooner. Alice was born in Southampton in 1844 and baptized on 14th February 1844, Southampton. James and Alice married in 1871 in the New Forest district, Hampshire. Throughout the census details, there was no trace of James with his family. Andrew’s siblings were:

Peter b.1874
Kenneth William b.1876
James Stephenson b.16th August 1876, married Florence Caroline A MacGregor, d.27th May 1949 Riverside, California, USA.
Meta Caroline b.1878, married Humphrey Horne Burnistone
Albert Spooner b.1883 d.29th June 1941 Barnstable, Devon, leaving ££179 5s 4d to his wife.

Alice with her children were living at Hallcross House, Musselburgh, Scotland in 1891. The family had two General Servants. Alice’s husband was not at home on the night that the census was taken.

By 1901, Alice, with children Peter a Surveyor, Meta and Albert who was working as a Bank Clerk, had moved to Southampton and were living at “Bonnacot”, Regents Park, Shirley. Again, no husband was present. Alice still employed two General Servants.

In 1911, Alice was living at “Kalmar”, Hulse Road, Southampton. She was now a widow. Living with her was her son Albert, who was employed as a Bank Clerk, her married daughter Meta Barnistone with her son Ian Somerville Barnistone. Alice was employing three servants – a Cook, Housemaid and Nurse.

Andrew married Alice D Rosland on 14th September 1909 in Falkirk. Alice was a spinster. Their children were Alice Powers born 16th June 1910 and Meta Marjory born 6th March 1913, both were born in Texas, America.

From records, it would appear that like Andrew, many of his siblings went to live in either America or South Africa.

National Probate

“Millar Andrew Ian of 72 Westwood Road Southampton died 9 May 1917 in France. Probate London 7 November 1917 to Peter Millar surveyor. Effects £3504 2s 8d”

 War Service

 Service records

Andrew confirmed his birth was in Musselburgh, his occupation was Merchant and that he was married. He had previously served with the Hampshire Yeomanry for 2 years. On the 21st September 1914, Andrew joined the Cameron Highlanders as a private, then promoted on 28th September 1914 to Sergeant. Full details of his marriage and the birth of his children were given. He gave his wife as next of kin, who at that time was living at 21, Archers Road, Southampton. He served at home from 21/09/1914 – 07/07/1915 before being posted to France on the 8th July 1915 staying until his death. On 13th April 1917, Andrew received a gunshot wound to his abdomen and neck from which he died on 9th May 1917.


Name: Andrew Ian Millar
Birth Place: Musselburgh, Midlothian
Residence: Southampton, Hants
Death Date: 9 May 1917
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Inverness, Inverness-shire
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Battalion: 7th Battalion
Number: S/13785
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

 Andrew is Remembered with Honour at the Etaples Military Cemetery, France. His memorial reads:

Etaples Military Cemetary France

Etaples Military Cemetary France

“Millar, Serjt. Andrew Ian, 13785. 7th Bn. Cameron Highlanders. Died of wounds 9th May, 1917. Age 38.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Millar; husband of Alice D. Millar, of “Fernhurst”, 11, Banister Rd., Southampton.
Native of Musselburgh, Edinburgh.  Panel XIX. Q. 3A”.

For his service to his country, Andrew was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star, British Service and Victory Medals.

Researched by Becky Lonergan November 2013.

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