The children at Brindle and Gregson lane Primary School researched James Miller who was born on 13th March, 1890 at Taylor’s Farm, Hoghton, near Preston, the son of George and Mary Miller.
How he had enlisted and as Number 12639, Private James Miller and joined one of Kitchener’s New Army Units, the 7th Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.
That he went overseas with the 7th Battalion King’s Own in July 1915 and saw action at Lens and Loos in the Autumn, prior to moving to the Somme in April 1916. The Battalion was in action at La Boiselle between 3rd-7th July and spent the end of the month consolidating a position near Mametz Wood and Bazentin-le-Petit.
Following the Battalion’s capture of enemy positions near Bazentin-le-Petit on 30th July, Private Miller was ordered to take a message during a break in communications.
We learn't that the 'London Gazette' recorded the subsequent act of gallantry for which Private Miller received a posthumous Victoria Cross:-
“For most conspicuous bravery. His battalion was consolidating a position after its capture by assault. Private Miller was ordered to take an important message under heavy shell and rifle fire, and to bring back a reply at all costs. He was compelled to cross the open, and on leaving the trench was shot almost immediately in the back, the bullet coming through his abdomen. In spite of this, with heroic courage and self-sacrifice, he compressed the gaping wound in his abdomen, delivered his message, staggered back with his answer, and fell dead at the feet of the officer to whom he delivered it. He gave his life with a supreme devotion to duty.”