I never knew him as he died before I was born. I only have his wife’s version of events and therefore it was surprising to find out today that he served in the First World War. He appears to have served in the Highland Light Infantry, and served in France in 1915 when he was twenty. He then became a lieutenant in a different regiment – the Royal Field Artillery. All of this has been lost in the family record so I take off my hat to the people who faithfully record these details on public records and make them available online. Imagine being only 19 and being sent to fight in a trench warfare.
In Family History Log 1, I posted a photo of my grandmother Madge and her mother Marjorie etc. This photo is of Marjorie senior and her husband Charles Edward Miller. Charles Edward was a research chemist who had a burgess ticket, meaning he paid taxes and had a vote at a time when most men didn’t.
This is my grandmother Madge with her husband Bryce. He was a bit of a rogue. His father George and his wife Isabella are also in the photo.
I have been studying genealogy records for the family so will use this section of the blog to record things as I find them. The further back I go, the more interesting I find it. I would encourage you all to research your own families because the main thing I’m finding out is that we are all connected in ways that we never imagined.
So first photo is of my grandmother on my father’s side. She was Marjory Miller and is second on the left. Her mother, also Marjory (nee Gemmell Simson) is on her left. The elderly woman on the right is her aunt Amy who was really called Margaret Cross Miller and my grandmother’s younger sister Janette Wilhelmina Miller is on the far right. Janette or Nette as she was called looks strangely tall but actually my grandmother must have been only about 5 ft 3 so perhaps Nette is not as tall as the photo implies.
There is a description about Nette here: https://benandjerrygirl.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/nette/