Mills, Joseph Henry (Joe)

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Age: 26
Date of birth: January 1889

Parents: Joseph and Annie Mills
Address: 5 Parkes Street

Occupation: Chaffeur

Joe was born in early January 1889 in Warwick and was baptised at St Paul’s Church on 6th January 1889. He was one of eleven children but only six were still living by the census of 1911. He had one older brother, Albert, an older sister Nellie and three younger brothers, Walter, William and Thomas.

In 1901 the family were living at 5 Parkes Street and Joseph’s father – also Joseph – was working as a blacksmith.

Warwick Advertiser 20th March 1915

Joe’s mother Annie died in 1937 and his father the following year. Joe is commemorated on their grave in Warwick Cemetery, whose inscription reads:

In Loving Memory of ANNIE MILLS died December 17th 1937 aged 78 years.
And of JOSEPH MILLS died June 30th 1938 aged 72 years.
And of JOSEPH HENRY MILLS killed in France March 6th 1915 aged 28 years

Military Service

Rank & Number: Corporal, 18283
Regiment/Service: 54th Field Company, Royal Engineers
Date of death: Saturday, March 06, 1915
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery Pas de Calais
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Pauls Church, All Saints Church

This item in the Warwick Advertiser of 20th March 1915 reproduces a letter to Joe Mills’ parents, giving information about how he died.


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  • Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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