|Date of birth:||1896|
|Place of birth:||Fareham, Hampshire|
|Regiment:||Corps of Royal Engineers|
|Battalion:||186th Field Coy R.E.|
|Died:||13th October 1914 aged 19 years|
Life before the War
Harold’s parents were Lewis Austin and Eliza. Both of Harold’s parents were born in 1862 Fareham, Hampshire. Lewis died in 1930 Southampton and Eliza 1951 (see Probates below). Lewis and Eliza, nee Pyle, married in 1889 Fareham.
Like his parents Harold and his siblings were all born in Fareham. Harold had two older sisters:
Lilian Emily born 23rd February 1890
Dora Gertrude born 13th December 1891 and died 1977 Berkshire.
Lewis Austin left a Probate:
“Millard Lewis Austin of 14a Portswood Park Southampton died 22nd November 1930. Probate 21 January 1931 to Eliza Millard widow. Effects £2615 7s 6d Resworn £2630 13s 3d”
Eliza left a Probate:
“Millard Eliza of Rodney Birdham Road Chichester widow died 1 January 1951. Probate London 2 April 1951 to Dora Gertrude Millard (daughter) spinster. Effects £5746 16s 7d”
In both the 1891 and 1901 censuses the family lived in Fareham. Eliza’s husband was not at home when the census was taken, plus she did not confirm her marital status on the return. The family employed a Domestic Servant.
Eliza with her 2 daughters were still living in Fareham in 1911. Eliza states she is married, but again her husband was not present when the census was taken. Both Lilian and Dora were attending College where they were Science Students. Harold was attending School as a Boarder at the Truro Wesleyan College, Trennick Lane, Truro, Cornwall.
Lewis’s father – Austin Millard
In the London Gazette dated 13th September 1892 it was reported under the “Admiralty, 8th September 1892, Royal Naval Reserve, Lewis was appointed an Officer”. Lewis served with the Navy in World War 1.
Harold’s War Service
Harold’s first Theatre of War was in France which he went to on 7th September 1915. He died of his wounds whilst fighting in the Western European Theatre.
When Harold’s parents were notified of his death they were living at 42 Howard Road, Southampton.
Harold is Remembered with Honour at the Cambrin Churchyard Extension, France. He is also remembered on both the Southampton Cenotaph and Memorial Wall. Because of the families connection to Fareham, Harold’s name is inscribed on the town’s memorial. In their book of remembrance, the following has been written:
“Millard Harold Austin Corporal 113252, 186th Special Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 13 October 1915. Aged 19. Born Fareham, enlisted Chatham, Kent, resident Southampton. Son of Lewis Austin Millard and Eliza Millard, of 42, Howard Rd., Southampton originally of Fareham. Buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Callis, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 15”.
For his service to his country, Harold received the 1915 Star, the British Service and Victory Medals.
|Published:||29th June 2015|
|Updated:||Insert dates here|
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