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Millard, Alfred George

Alfred George Millard
Private Alfred George Millard (42210)
Died of Wounds on Friday 4th October 1918, aged 20
Son of Alfred & Frances Millard
Father's occupation: Carter
Born 4th August 1898 at Hurst
2 sisters, position in family: 2
Infant School:Hurst Infants
Senior School:Hurst Boys
Admitted:Monday 17th April 1905
Age on admission:5
Left school:Thursday 18th January 1906
Age at leaving:7
Local address: Dunt Lane, Hurst
Regiment:Royal Berkshire Regiment
Battalion:2nd/4th Bn.
Died:Friday 4th October 1918
Cause:Died of Wounds
Commemorated:Grave at St. Venant Communal Cemetery

Alfred Millard was an organist and a student at the Royal College of Music when he enlisted.

Wednesday 2nd October 1918
France, Line
Two platoons of "A" Company attacked BARTLETTE FARM, one from North and one from West. Zero 5.45 a.m. Artillery Barrage assisted by Trench Mortars and Vickers Guns for 40 minutes commencing at Bartlette Farm and sweeping back. Very slight resistance offered by the enemy. Four prisoners captured. On information being sent back "B" Company took up a position on the left of "A" Company and the advance commenced with "A" and "B" Companies in Front and "C" and "D" Companies in Support. Position at 9 p.m. (2.10.18) was H.30.c.5.3. - H.30.a.5.5. - H.23.d.8.9. BHQ (advanced) H.23.a.3.3. — Battalion Headquarters (rear) Ferrits Post.
Front line and Advanced HQ were heavily shelled at dusk, and HQ (adv) moved to I.32.c.8.3.
Thursday 3rd October 1918
France, Line
Advance continued at 6.30am. "B" and "C" Coys in front, "A" and "D" Coys in support.
1st objective gained at 11.45am, the line running NE along old British line through I.31. and I.26. Advance continued, the positions at 9p.m. being from I.27.c.9.3 to I21 central in front of distillery in I27. c. Battn was relieved by 11th Somerset Light Infantry and withdrew to ROUGE DE BOUT and embussed proceeding to PECQUER. Battalion disposed in billets in area. Cleaning up and resting.

Alfred lies not far from where he died, in St. Venant Communal Cemetery.


Alfred Millard at St. Venant Communal Cemetery
St. Venant Communal Cemetery

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in morning
We will remember them.
Lawrence Binyon