Samuel Millar

Feb 28, 1888

Born in Manchester, England


Feb 22, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion CEF in Lindsay, Ontario

Ø  Number 454573

Ø  Next of kin given as Caroline Greeph, aunt, 7 Codner St., Manchester, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 8 years in the Cheshire Regiment in England

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

o   Later noted as Jewish

Ø  Posted to the Headquarters Section

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Jun 1, 1915

Admitted to the Queen Street Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined)


Jun 11, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Sergeant


Jun 29, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 11, 1915

Admitted to the Queen Street Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Appendicitis


Oct 17, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp

On arrival at the Bordon Camp he was promoted to the provisional rank of Sergeant


Jun 1, 1916

Transferred to the 45th Battalion at the Bordon Camp

Proceeded on the Signals Course


Jun 29, 1916

Rejoined the 45th Battalion from the Signals Course


Jul 4, 1916

Transferred to the CPTD (Canadian Pioneers Training Depot) in the Shorncliffe Caesar Camp


Aug 1, 1916

Appointed to be Acting Company Sergeant Major (A/CSM) with pay


Oct 26, 1916

Transferred to the 166th Battalion CEF in Shorncliffe


Nov 11, 1916

Transferred to the Signals Base in Seaford


Dec 30, 1916

Transferred to the 196th Battalion in Seaford


Dec 31, 1916

Transferred to the newly formed 19th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jun 30, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Sergeant


Sep 18, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private and transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 19, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 24 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 25, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers au Bois, France


Oct 1, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Millar joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois


Nov 4, 1917

During the night of November 2-3, the 21st Battalion moved into the Passchendaele front line in Belgium and came under attack almost immediately.  The following day, November 4, was no exception and Private Samuel Millar was severely wounded by a gunshot wound to the head north-east of Crest Farm, the current location of the Canadian Passchendaele Memorial.  He was evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.


Nov 5, 1917

Private Samuel Millar died of his wounds at the No. 2 Casualty Clearing Station and was buried in the nearby Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, south of Poperinge, Belgium


Following the war, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his friend, Miss Kate Marks, 179 Haywood St., Cheetham, Manchester, England

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Abraham Moscovitch, 16 Howard St., Bury New Road, Manchester, England

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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