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Alexander Miller chiropodist

M, #415, b. 6 May 1897, d. 20 December 1978
Last Edited: 10 May 2021
WW1 Alexander Miller RAMC
8 June 1921 Diamond Wedding of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher
7 June 1911 Golden Wedding of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher

Parents:

Father*: William Miller jute powerloom tenter b. 21 Jul 1861, d. 8 Feb 1946
Mother*: Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver b. 12 Apr 1862, d. 15 Feb 1918
  • Birth*: Alexander Miller chiropodist was born on 6 May 1897 at 16 Cleghorn Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; Extract of an Entry in a Register of Births; District of St Mary in the Burgh of Dundee; #329; Alexander Miller; 1897 May Sixth 11h 0m AM 16 Cleghorn Street Dundee; Male; Father William Miller Powerloom Tenter; Mother Marion McKenzie Miller ms Conway; Married 1883 December 21st Dundee; signed William Miller father; 1897 May 19th at Dundee JHS Meek Assist Registrar initialled JA.1
  • He was the son of William Miller jute powerloom tenter and Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver.
  • (Groom) Marriage*: Alexander Miller chiropodist married Kate Nicolson shirt maker, daughter of Alfred Henry Nicolson and Catherine Reilly, on 5 October 1921 at 9 Windsor Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1921 5th day of October at 9 Windsor Street, Dundee after publication according to the forms of the United Free Church of Scotland Alexander Miller, butcher's manager, bachelor and Kate Nicolson, boot company collector, spinster. Alexander aged 24, 11 Forest Park Road, fath William Miller, jute mill overseer, moth Marion Conway (dec). Kate aged 21, 3 Watt Street, fath Alfred Henry Nicolson, butcher's assistant, moth Catherine Reily. Minister John Manzie Tay Square Church. Witnesses A Edward Nicolson, Lizzie Miller; registered 1921 October 8th at Dundee Thos Meek registrar.2
  • (Groom) Marriage*: Alexander Miller chiropodist married Florence Annie Fisher Conway, daughter of James Conway commercial traveller and Johnann Ford fever nurse, on 26 July 1958 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; no image.3
  • (Deceased) Death*: Alexander Miller chiropodist died on 20 December 1978 at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , at age 81 81 years; metastatic malignant disease.4
  • Obituary: The obituary of Alexander Miller chiropodist was was published on 20 December 1978. Obituary Dundee "Courier & Advertiser" December 20th, 1978 reads: One of Dundee's first chiropodists and founder member of the Dundee branch of the Society of Chiropody has died following an illness.
    Mr Alexander Miller, 19 School Road, Dundee, died on Wednesday at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. He was 81.
    A native of Dundee, Mr Miller was educated at Blackness School, Dundee, before embarking on a course of studies leading to his qualification as a chiropodist.
    As there was no training in chiropody at that time, he studied the necessary medical subjects at Dundee School of Medicine during the 1920's gaining practical experience from colleagues in London.
    Mr Miller had a private practice in Perth Road, Dundee, for many years and retired in 1967.
    During the First World War he served as an orderly in the RAMC with the Black Watch and was taken prisoner in Germany.
    During the Second World War he was in charge of the ARP post at Hawkhill School, Dundee.
    Mr Miller was the Session Clerk at Tay Square Church until it closed, and was an elder of St Paul's.
    For many years he was chairman of the Dundee Boys and Girls Religious Association, and was involved in missionary work throughout the world.
    He is survived by his five daughters and his wife.5
  • Cremation*: His body was cremated after 20 December 1978 at Dundee Crematorium, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, .
  • Occupation: Alexander was Chiropodist.
  • (Witness) Event-Misc: He was present when James Conway van driver and Agnes McKenzie Fisher kitchen maid were celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 7 June 1911 at Mathers Hotel, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, .6
    Mathers Hotel Dundee
  • Photograph: Agnes Fisher Miller and Alexander Miller chiropodist are in this photograph taken between 1916 and 1918 L-R Nan Miller, her brother Alec and her friend Bella.7
    L-R Nan Miller, her brother Alec and her friend Bella.
  • (Witness) Marriage: He witnessed the marriage of Daniel Preston and Jessie Milne Miller on Saturday, 3 June 1916 at 13 Inverary Terrace, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1916 marriages in the district of St Mary in the burgh of Dundee, ref 169; 1916 on the third day of June at 13 Inverary Terrace Dundee after publication according to the forms of the Baptist Church; signed Daniel Preston powerloom tenter bachelor, aged 25, residing 3 Watt Street Dundee, parents James Preston powerloom tenter and Agnes Preston ms Raw; signed Jessie M Whitton jute weaver widow, aged 29, residing 9 Forrest Park Road Dundee, parents William Miller jute factory overseer and Marion Miller ms Conway; signed Walter Richards baptist minister, Alexander Miller, Isabella Wilkie witnesses; registered 1916 June 5th at Dundee Thos Meek registrar.9
  • (Witness) Event-Misc: Alexander Miller chiropodist was present when James Conway van driver and Agnes McKenzie Fisher kitchen maid were celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 8 June 1921 at Masonic Hall, Cupar, Fife, Scotland, .6
  • (Witness) Marriage: Alexander Miller chiropodist witnessed the marriage of William Miller jute powerloom tenter and Ann Wilson on Friday, 21 July 1922 at 13 Dudhope Terrace, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1922 marriages in the district of St Clement in the burgh of Dundee, ref 292; 1922 on the Twentyfirst day of July at 13 Dudhope Terrace Dundee after publication according to the forms of the United Free Church of Scotland; William Miller jute factory overseer widower aged 60, 11 Forest Park Road Dundee, James Miller flax warehouseman (dec), Janet Miller ms Mill (dec); Ann Wilson jute weaver spinster aged 46; 7 Mid Wynd Dundee; James Wilson carpet yarn warper (dec) Elizabeth Wilson ms Anderson (dec); signed James Weatherhead, BD minister of St Paul's UF Church Dundee, Alexander Miller 330 Perth Road Dundee, Mina Watson 7 Mid Wynd Dundee witnesses; registered 1922 July 22nd at Dundee, Alex Buchan registrar.10
  • Photograph*: Alexander Miller chiropodist and Kate Nicolson shirt maker are in this photograph taken say September 1922 along with Olive Miller.11
    1922 Kate (Nicolson) Miller, Alexander Miller with their first child, Olive
  • (Informant) Birth: Alexander Miller chiropodist registered the birth of Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister on 19 July 1924 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; Extract Entry of Birth no 573, Catherine Nicolson Miller, born 1924 July Nineteenth 3h 0m pm at 44 Ashbank Road Dundee, female, parents Alexander Miller butcher's manager and Kate Miller ms Nicolson who married 1921 October 5th at Dundee, signed Alexr Miller father, registered 1924 July 24th at Dundee signed John Pickard assist registrar initialled T M (Thos Meek, registrar); Extracted from the Register Book of Births for the District of St Mary & St Peter in the burgh of Dundee, this Twenty Fourth day of July Nineteen Hundred and Twenty Four years signed Thos Meek registrar.12,13
    Daily Express Saturday 19th July 1924
  • Occupation*: Circa 1925 Alexander was One of Dundee's first Chiropodists.
  • Photograph: Alexander Miller chiropodist and Kate Nicolson shirt maker are in this photograph taken on 7 February 1934 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with Olive Miller, Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister, Marion Conway Miller obstetrician & gynaecologist, Hope Myra Conway Miller and Rhoda Nicolson Miller.14
    Probably taken to celebrate the baptism of their youngest daughter, Rhoda, which took place on February 7th, 1934
    L-R: Olive, Hope, Alec, Kate holding Rhoda, Marion, Kay
  • Photograph*: Alexander Miller chiropodist and Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister are in this photograph taken circa 1938 at Auchmithie beach, Angus, Scotland, along with Marion Conway Miller obstetrician & gynaecologist.15
  • Photograph*: Alexander Miller chiropodist is in this photograph taken say 1940.16
  • (Father of Bride) Marriage: His daughter Olive Miller married Henry Oscar Lamoureux on 19 December 1941 at Tay Square Church, St Mary & St Peter, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; Dundee Girl Weds Canadian
    Groom's Brother as Best Man

    Miss Olive Miller, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Alexander Miller. 25 Perth Road, Dundee, was married in Tay Square Church, Dundee, to-day to a Canadian soldier, who had as his best man his brother, also a soldier from Canada.
    The bridegroom was Cpl. Henry 0. Lamoureux, R.C.E., second son of Mr H. Lamoureux, Fort Saskatchewan. Alberta, Canada, and of the late Mrs Lamoureux.
    The bride, whose father gave her away, favoured a lovely dress of ivory moire silk attractively adorned with lace. Her veil, lent by Mrs Hackney, was held in place by an orange blossom headdress. and she carried a bouquet of chrysanthemums and pink carnations.
    Miss Kay N. Miller, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid. She worn a graceful frock of powder blue lace over crepe-de-chine and wore a becoming silver Juliet cap. Deep lilac chrysanthemums composed her bouquet.
    Spr. J. A. Lamoureux, R.C.E. was best man, and Rev. John Conway, grand-uncle of the bride, conducted the service in the absence through illness of Rev. A. M. Moodie.
    Mr Robert Bayne was organist. Ushers were Messrs James Arklay and Arthur Brown.
    A reception was held in Kidd's Rooms.17,18
  • Photograph: Alexander Miller chiropodist and Kate Nicolson shirt maker are in this photograph taken in 1949 along with William Ewan Conway, Adele Gertrude Aldridge, Audrey Malvina Conway, Marion Conway Miller obstetrician & gynaecologist and Rhoda Nicolson Miller.15
    Back : Audrey Malvina Conway, William Ewan Conway, Adele Gertrude Aldridge Conway, Kat Nicolson Miller, Alec Miller
    In front : Marion Conway Miller, Rhoda Nicolson Miller Francis
  • Photograph*: Alexander Miller chiropodist and Lizzie Conway Miller are in this photograph taken say 1950 along with Audrey Malvina Conway, Kate Nicolson shirt maker and Marion Conway Miller obstetrician & gynaecologist.16
    L-R Lizzie (Miller) Thomson with daug Evelyn; Audrey Conway, Alec Miller, Kate (Nicolson) Miller, Marion Miller
  • Photograph: Lizzie Conway Miller and Alexander Miller chiropodist are in this photograph taken say 1950 along with William Miller Thomson businessman, Marion Conway Miller obstetrician & gynaecologist and Kate Nicolson shirt maker.16
    L-R Lizzie (Miller) Thomson; Alec Miller with niece Lyn Thomson; Bill Thompson; Marion Miller; Audrey Conway
  • (Father of Bride) Marriage: His daughter Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister married Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician on 1 July 1950 at St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; Extract of and Entry in a Register of Marriages kept on the undermentioned Parish or District in terms of 17 & 18 Victoriae, Cap 80 $$ 56 & 58.
    1950 on the First day of July at St Paul's Church Nethergate Dundee after Banns according to the forms of the Church of Scotland, Signed Douglas George Adamson medical practitioner batchelor aged 35, residing 20 East Haddon Road Dundee, parents James Kinnear Adamson school teacher retired and Georgina Adamson ms Key; signed Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister spinster, aged 25, residing 25 Perth Road Dundee, parents Alexander Miller chiropodist and Kate Miller ms Nicolson; signed James Munn of St Paul's Dundee, signed Marion C Miller 25 Perth Road Dundee & George H Smith 10 Baldovan Road Dundee witnesses; registered 1950 July 3rd at Dundee signed C W Baxter interim registrar; Extracted from the Register Book of Marriages for the District of St Mary & St Peter in the Burgh of Dundee this 4th day of July 1950, signed C W Baxter interim registrar.19
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: Alexander Miller chiropodist and James Kinnear Adamson teacher, Georgina Key tailoress, Kate Nicolson shirt maker, Marion Conway Miller obstetrician & gynaecologist, George Harvey Smith, John Henry Prain medical practitioner, James Kinnear Adamson MA and Rev James Munn MA minister Mariners', St Pauls 1937-1952 were mentioned in a newspaper article about Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician and Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister on 1 July 1950. Dundee Church Wedding
    The wedding took place to-day in Paul's Church, Dundee, of Dr. Douglas George Adamson younger son of Mr and Mrs James Adamson, 20 East Haddon Road and Miss Catherine Nicolson Miller second daughter of Mr and Mrs Alexander Miller, 25 Perth Road.
    The bride was given away by her father. She wore a gown of white French lame with sleeves and yoke of white lace. The skirt was topped by shirred bodice, hand embroidered silk net veil fell from an orange blossom head-dress and she carried a bouquet of pale pink roses and white heather.
    Dr Marion C. Miller (bride's sister), and eight-year-old M. Lilian Bell (groom's niece); who attended Miss Miller, both wore dresses of white taffeta under white net. Dr Miller's gown featured a peplum and bodice with a heart-shaped neckline. The little girl's was trimmed with lovers' knots and rosebuds in pink and mauve to match both bouquets and head-dresses.
    Best man was Dr George H. Smith, ushers, were Dr John H. Prain and Mr James K. Adamson, jun., and A. Morrisison Reid.
    The ceremony was conducted by Rev James Munn, assisted by Rev. James Mackay. The reception was in Kidd’s Rooms.20
  • Photograph: Alexander Miller chiropodist is in this photograph taken on 1 July 1950 at St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, .21
    1st July 1950, St Pauls' Church, Nethergate, Dundee
  • (Spouse) Death: His spouse Kate Nicolson shirt maker died on 22 September 1956 at 31 Farington Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; Kate Miller married to Alexander Miller chiropodist, 1956 September twenty second 7h 20m am 31 Farington Street Dundee, female aged 56 years, parents Alfred Henry Nicolson butcher master (dec) Catherine Nicolson ms Riley (dec), cause scirrhus of breast multiple metastases as cert by W Fyffe Dorward MBChB, signed W Ewan Conway cousin 16 Burn Street Dundee, registered 1956 September 22nd at Dundee J H Vaughan assistant registrar, initialed [Jsilby].22
  • (Informant) Death: Alexander Miller chiropodist registered the death of Mary Fisher Conway howdie wife on 1 January 1962 at Royal Infirmary, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; 1962 deaths in the district of Dundee West in the burgh of Dundee, ref 11; Mary Fisher Conway nurse retired single, 1962 January First 5h 55m am Royal Infirmary ur Pinegrove Perth Road Dundee, female aged 82 years, parents James Conway baker's vanman (dec) and Agnes Conway ms Fisher (dec), strangulated fermoral hernia 21 days, intestinal obstruction 3 days, terminal inhalation pneumonia 1 day as cert by R Lindsay Doig MBChB, signed Alexander Miller nephew 25 Perth Road Dundee, registered 1962 Janaury 3rd at Dundee ... ... assit registrar initialed JEC [John E Cant registrar].23
  • (Spouse) Death: His spouse Florence Annie Fisher Conway died in September 1998 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, .24

Census & Directory Entries

Member of Household31 March 1901They was listed as a member of the household of William Miller jute powerloom tenter and Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver in the 1901 census at 149 Scouringburn, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, . Alexander Miller, son, single, aged 3, born Forfarshire Dundee; William Miller, head, married, aged 39, Foreman Jute Weaver, worker, born Forfarshire Dundee; Marion Miller, wife, married, aged 38, born Forfarshire Dundee [?].25
Member of Household31 March 1911They was listed as a member of the household of William Miller jute powerloom tenter and Marion McKenzie Conway jute weaver in the 1911 census at 13 Rosefield Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, . Alexander Miller, son, 13, at school, Dundee; William Miller, head, 49, mar, foreman, jute weaving, worker, forfars Dundee; Marion, wife, 48, mar 27 years, 7 children born 5 still living, Ayrshire Troon; 3 rooms with windows, 6 people in household.26
Principalbetween 1931 and 1932Alexander Miller chiropodist appeared in a directory of between 1931 and 1932 living at 25 Perth Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; Miller, Alex MNChA, chiropodist, 25 Perth Road (tel 6401.)27
Principal1952He appeared in a directory of 1952 living at 25 Perth Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; Miller Alexr, 25 Perth Road, Dundee 6401.28
Principalbetween 1955 and 1956He appeared in a directory of between 1955 and 1956 living at 25 Perth Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; Miller, Alexander, M Ch S, chiropodist, 25 Perth Road (tel no 6401.)29
Principalbetween 1956 and 1957He appeared in a directory of between 1956 and 1957 living at 25 Perth Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; Miller, Alexander, M Ch S, chiropodist, 25 Perth Road (tel no 6401.)29
Principal1961He appeared in a directory of 1961 living at 25 Perth Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; Miller, Alexander, M Ch S, chiropodist, 25 Perth Road (tel no 21201.)29
Principal1963He appeared in a directory of 1963 living at 25 Perth Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; 1963 Dundee Telephone Directory; Miller Alex, Chrpdst, 25 Perth Road, Dundee 21201.
Principal1964He appeared in a directory of 1964 living at 17 South Tay Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; Miller, Alexander, M Ch S, chiropodist, 17 South Tay Street (tel no 21201.)29
Principal1968He appeared in a directory of 1968 living at 17 South Tay Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; 1968 Dundee Telephone Directory; Miller Alex, Chrpdst, 17 South Tay Street, Dundee 21201.30,29
Principal1970He appeared in a directory of 1970 living at 19 School Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; 1970 Dundee Telephone Directory Classified Chiropodists; Miller Alex, 19 School Road, Dundee 88782.
Principal1974He appeared in a directory of 1974 living at 19 School Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; 1974 Dundee Telephone Directory Classified Chiropodists; Miller Alex, 19 School Road, Dundee 88782.29

Education

  • Education*: Alexander Miller chiropodist was educated circa 1903 at Blackness School, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, .31
  • Education: Alexander Miller chiropodist was educated in 1919 at Dundee School of Medicine, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; studying chiropody.

Military Service

  • Military Service: Alexander Miller chiropodist served with the Royal Army Medical Corps between 1914 and 1920 undated & unidentified scrap of paper with what appears to be casualty records: detail ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS - WOKING - LIST No X. ?3429: 305276 Pte. Miller A RAMC, Debility.32
  • Military Service: Alexander Miller chiropodist served with the Royal Army Medical Corps on 28 July 1914 Alec was only 17 when he enlisted as a 'Boy Soldier'. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, Black Watch and was taken Prisoner Of War (Ypres, Belgium). He was initially posted missing in action and it was several months later that his family was informed that he was POW. Once released and returned home he discovered his mother had died in his absence. Enlistment number 305276.33
  • Military Service*: Alexander Miller chiropodist served with the Royal Army Medical Corps on 1 August 1916 at Arras, France, , War Diaries
    51st Highland Division
    Monthly Sanitary Report for July, 1916
    During July the Division has completed training of 60th Division, handed over its sector of the line North of Arras to that Division, marched to the Albert area and taken over part of the line in the area of active operations. No interval of rest has been given and in case of some the units the marches have been arduous. During the earlier part of the month the weather was cool and occasionally showery, more favourable for marching than the intense heat which has been experienced in the latter part.
    This period of movement has given opportunity of judging of the state of sanitary discipline in formations. Temporary conservancy arrangements have had to be made in most of the billeting areas. In general, the standard of cleanliness during and after occupancy has been fair, but it is still considered but then closer supervision by e.g. company or platoon commanders together with strict disciplinary action were necessary, the level of cleanliness might be raised. The advice of the M.O. is always available on Sanitary matters, but it is the duty of the executive command to see that these are satisfactory. In the present area an attempt is being made whenever possible to provide a fairly permanent sanitary system by laying down deep latrines with effective covers of biscuit or ammunition boxes and incinerators. The difficulties are considerable and almost insuperable except in the rear area. Here, conditions are on the whole, satisfactory. Manure from horse lines is being burnt, the hot weather by rapidly drying the manure renders this possible. Effective burial arrangements have been made for the disposal of dead bodies of men and animals. It must be understood however that very extensive cleaning up would be necessary to bring the area into a similar condition to that of one where only trench warfare is being waged, but the material requiring removal consists to a great extent of sanitarily unobjectionable matter. Meantime efforts should be directed towards the prevention of all unnecessary fouling.
    Rations are satisfactory and the difficulty of water supply has been effectively met.
    The general sick rate considering the trying conditions has not been high, and the incident of infectious disease not above normal. Exact figures cannot be given at present in the absence of references. More supervision of men's feet would prevent a considerable amount of straggling and falling out on the march.
    Divisional Baths are at MOULIN DE VIVIER and are available for and used by units not in the line. Clean under clothing is supplied and a Disinfectant is in use for blankets and clothing.
    W C Robertson Copl R.A.M.C., T.F.
    D.A.D.M.S. for A.D.M.S. 51st Highland Division
    1st August 1916.34
  • Prisoner of War: Alexander Miller chiropodist was taken Prisoner of War on 21 March 1918 at Beugny, Bapaume, Somme, France, , On This Day – March 21st 1918 – Alexander Miller was taken prisoner of war at Beugny near Bapaume on the Somme in Northern France. He was serving with the 1/3 Field Ambulance RAMC attached to the 51st (Highland) Division. His family was eventually informed he had been posted as 'missing'. I was some time before they had any further news of him.

    From the War Diaries of 1/3rd Highland Field Ambulance


    SECRET
    Amendment No. 1 to R.A.M.C. Operation Order No. 65.
    The 1/3rd Highland Field Ambulance will remain at FREMICOURT until 12th February, and on the day will take ove the Main Dressing Station at BEUGNY, and not on the 11th as stated in para. 2.
    Signed A Ramsbottom Capt., D.A.D.M.S. for A.D.M.S., 51st (High) Division
    9th Feb., 1918
    Copies to all recipients of O.O. No. 65.

    SECRET
    51st. (Highland) Division. Medical Defence Scheme.
    PRESENT MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS
    The evacuation of the whole Divisional front is in the hands of the 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance supplemented by the Bearer Divisions from the other two Field Ambulance, with Headquarters at GROPI CAMP, LEBUCQUIERE and Advance Dressing Stations at DOIGNIES. J.16.s.5.2. and at BEETROOT FACTORY, J.9.b.6.1.
    Routes Of Evacuation.
    From Regimental Aid Posts to Advanced Dressing Stations at DOIGNIES and BEETROOT FACTORY by wheeled stretcher and hand carriage.
    From Advanced Dressing Stations to Main Dressing Station at BEUGNY by Motor Ambulance.
    Main Dressing Station, BEUGNY, I.21.b.2.7.
    Administered by 1/3 Highland Field Ambulance.
    Evacuation from Main Dressing Station.
    By M.A.C. Cars to Nos. 2 and 209 Casualty Clearing Stations, GREVILLERS. Evacuation cases only.
    By Decauville Railway to the Decauville Detraining Centre at H.30.a., thence by M.A.C Car to the Divisonal Rost Station BIHUCOURT. Rost Station cases only.
    MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS IN THE EVENT OF AN ENEMY OFFENSIVE.
    The present system of evacuation would be carried out except that in addition to the Main Dressing Station at BEUGNY, GROPI CAMP, LEBUCQUIERE would function as a Main Dressing Station. In This way two routes of evacuation would be established, cases from DOIGNIES Advanced Dressing Station would be conveyed to GROPI CAMP and cases from Advanced Dressing Statioon at BEETROOT FACTORY would be conveyed to Main Dressing Station at BEUGNY.
    O.C., 1/2 Highland Field Ambulance would be called upon to supply additional personnel for the Main Dressing Station at GOPRI CAMP.
    In the event of a retirement the Advanced Dressing Station, DOIGNIES would fall back on GOPRI CAMP, LEBUCQUIERE leaving a Collecting Post at BEAUMETZ at present Bearer Relay Post, to which cars would run as long as possible. DOIGNIES Advanced Dressing Station would then probably become a Regimental Aid Post and cases be evacuated to Collecting Post by wheeled stretcher and hand carriage.
         The Advanced Dressing Station BEETROOT FACTORY would fall back on BEUGNY, BEETROOT becoming then a Regimental Aid Post. Collecting Post could be established at NINE ELMS to which cars would run as long as possible. Cases from Regimental Aid Posts would be taken then by Wheeled stretcher and hand carriage.
    Walking Wounded Collecting Posts would be establisehd at GOPRI and BEUGNY and evacuated by Decauville Railway, 'buses and charas-a-banc.
    Main Dressing Station would fall back on huts opposite LOCH CAMP.
    As many cases as possible would be evacuated direct from Advanced Dressing Stations to Casualty Clearing Stations, GREVILLERS. Clerical arrangememnts would be made accordingly.

    signed D Rorie, Colonel A.D.M.S., 51st (Highland) Division.
    25th February 1918.

    March 3
    Conducted Colonel Gray, Surgeon-General Bruce and Colonel Thorburn on a tour of inspection of the Advanced Dressing Station, DOIGNIES and Main Dressing Station, BEUGNY. Accompanied C.R.E to BEAUMETZ and inspected some deep caves recently discovered there with a view to their possible use in the future as a Medical Post. Visited 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance, GROPI CAMP, LEBUCQUIERE and inspected progress being made in the erection of two large elephant shelters there with a view to GROPI CAMP being converted into an Advanced Dressing Station. Visited HAPINCOURT and discussed the Medical Defence Scheme with A.D's M.S., 17th and 19th Divisions, the Divisions which occupy in turn the line on our immediate right.


    March 7
    Issued Medical Arrangements "In the event of Active Operations by the Enemy". (Appendix A)


    March 8
    Visited 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance, GROPI CAMP, LEBUCQIERE and arranged disposition of extra stretchers and blankets for the front area. Visited 1/2nd Highland Field Ambulance, BIHUCOURT and arranged for a further supply of blankets and stretchers to be sent at once to Main Dressing Station, BEUGNY to form a dump there for supplying the forward area. Visited Decauville Detraining Centre, BAPAUME.


    March 13
    Visited 1/3rd Highland Field Ambulance. Visited the Machine Gun Battalion and inspected the sanitation. Delivered a lecture at IVth Corps Medical School on "The Duties of a Bearer Officer".

    March 18
    Visited 152nd Infantry Brigade H.Q. and 154th Infantry Brigade H.Q. and inspected the sanitation. Visited Bearer Relay Post at BEAUMETZ and 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance, LEBUCQUIERE. The undermentioned Medical Officers arrived ass reinforcements to-day and were posted to Units as shown:-
    Captain J.C.T. TEGGART to 1/3rd Highland Field Ambulance.
    Lieut. W.P. PHILLIP to 1/2nd Highland Field Ambulance.
    Captain J.G. ELDER to 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance.

    March 21, 1918
    The enemy attacked at 5a.m.
    and captured in the course of the morning our front line and support system on the left of our front and with it out Relay Post at LOUVERVAL and the A.D.S's at BEETROOT FACTORY and DOIGNIES. Most of the R.A.M.C. personnel at these posts and two Medical Officers namely:- Major McConnachie and Captain Torrance are missing. Five Motor Ambulance Cars stationed near the Advanced Dressing Stations were destroyed by shell fire. A hostile artillery barrage was put down at ferequwnr intervals west of the Advanced Dressing Stations and all roads were heavily shelled all day, which made it impossible to clear wounded from the Advanced Dressing Stations to the Main Dressing Station by day. About 11 a.m. Colonel Robertson commanding 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance was killed and Captain Beveridge 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance was severely wounded ar GROPI CAMP, LEBUCQUIERE. Captain Beveridge died later in the day. About noon Advanced Dressing Stations were opened at BEUGNY and LERBCQUIERE. A Few hours later Main Dressing Station moved from BEUGNY to Huts at H.30.a. Sheet 57 C. In the evening LERBCQUIERE was evacuated leaving a small Collecting Post there. The Advanced Dressing Station withdrew to Huts at H.30.a. Evacuation proceeded with great difficultyt, a great number of the wounded were lost owing to the retirement. In the evening Captain Anderson R.A.M.C. attached 1/6th Royal Highrs. and Lieut. Quigley M.O.R.C., U.S.A. 1/9th Royal Scots was evacuated wounded. During the night the shelling quietened down considerably and cars were run well up and all wounded got away.35,36
    March 1918 RAMC soldiers operation Michael
    Prisoners of War
    Food parcels for prisoners of war
  • Military Service*: Alexander Miller chiropodist was mentioned on 19 April 1918 at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, , Dundee Soldiers Casullty List.
    RAMC Men Reported Missing
    The following casulties amongst Dundee soldiers were reported yesterday:-
    ...
    Missing
    ...
    Pte A Miller, 9 Forest Park Road.38
  • Prisoner of War: He was held as a Prisoner of War on 12 June 1918 at POW camp, Limburg, Germany, , Miller, Alex 305276, sold(dier), 1/3 H F Amb R A M C, Bapaume. 21.3.1918 Hexenschup Front, Dundee 6.5.97 W Miller 9 Forest Park Dundee

    Limburg - An old catherdral town on the Lahn (pop. 10,500) of some importance in the Middle Ages. The prison camp near the town is celebrated as theplaceee in which Irish prisoners were concentrated at Christmas, 1914, for the purpose of recruiting the Irish Brigade. Now the centre of a number of invalid working camps and hospitals in occupied territory; also the head camp for a certain number of men working in occupied territory. Capacity, 12,000. Limestone Barracks, American prisoners here, 8th Army Corps. [src. book 'Map of the Main Prison Camps in Germany and Austria by Mrs Pope-Hennessy, new and revised edition with Gazetteer; no date]39
  • Prisoner of War: He was held as a Prisoner of War on 6 August 1918 at POW camp, Parchim, Germany, , Miller, Alexander 305276, Gem, R A M C, Cambrai 21.3.1918 Nicht Verw West Front, 6.5.97 Dundee, Dundee

    Parchim. - A town (pop 10,000) on the Elde. The birthplace of the great Moltke, The prison camp resembles another Mecklenburg camp - Gustrow. Capacity 25,000. Both Gustrow and Parchim are use as distributing camps. Parchim Camp is built on a former cavalry drill ground, and is situated on sandy soil amidst pine woods in an enclosre three miles in circumference. It is three miles from the station. At times there are 45,000 men on the register, some of them working in occupied territory. Large library here. 9th Army Corps. [src. book 'Map of the Main Prison Camps in Germany and Austria by Mrs Pope-Hennessy, new and revised edition with Gazetteer; no date]39

Family:

Kate Nicolson shirt maker b. 7 Oct 1899, d. 22 Sep 1956
  • (Groom) Marriage*: He married Kate Nicolson shirt maker, daughter of Alfred Henry Nicolson and Catherine Reilly, on 5 October 1921 at 9 Windsor Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1921 5th day of October at 9 Windsor Street, Dundee after publication according to the forms of the United Free Church of Scotland Alexander Miller, butcher's manager, bachelor and Kate Nicolson, boot company collector, spinster. Alexander aged 24, 11 Forest Park Road, fath William Miller, jute mill overseer, moth Marion Conway (dec). Kate aged 21, 3 Watt Street, fath Alfred Henry Nicolson, butcher's assistant, moth Catherine Reily. Minister John Manzie Tay Square Church. Witnesses A Edward Nicolson, Lizzie Miller; registered 1921 October 8th at Dundee Thos Meek registrar.2

Children:

Olive Miller+ b. 11 Feb 1922, d. 7 Aug 2019
Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister+ b. 19 Jul 1924, d. 29 Jan 2018
Marion Conway Miller obstetrician & gynaecologist b. 16 Jan 1927, d. 10 May 2019
Hope Myra Conway Miller+ b. 22 Nov 1931, d. 22 Jul 2012
Rhoda Nicolson Miller+ b. 22 Jan 1934, d. 7 Oct 1999

Notes

  • (Witness) History: Five into One –Tay Square Church. Tay Square traces its origins to the secessions of the eighteenth century. From 1743, School Wynd Secession Church flourished, but in 1832, a group of members, dissatisfied over the nomination of a new minister, disjoined to form Tay Square United Secession Church, entering their new church in 1834. Rev. Robert Wardrope, 1807-1840 was called in 1832 to be minister of School Wynd Church, but in consequence of a dispute in that congregation the call was not sustained. Those who supported him left the church, and were formed into a separate congregation —Tay Square —and they at once called Mr Wardrope, but his delicate health prevented his acceptance of the call. He died when only 33 years of age. Still in the church archives, this silhouette of Rev. Robert Wardrope was lent by its owner, Andrew Roxburgh, to be exhibited in the “Old Dundee” exhibition of 1892-93 –held in the Albert Institute (now McManus Galleries).

    The first minister, the Rev. J R McGavin, was elected in 1875 as Moderator of the United Presbyterian Synod. The second, the Rev. Dr Charles Jerdan, became Principal Clerk of the United Free Church General Assembly. Under these two ministers, Tay Square became one of the foremost congregations in the United Presbyterian Church. Mission activities centred on the West Port, Artillery Lane and Hawkhill, the last leading to the founding in 1876 of Hawkhill United Presbyterian Church, which united with Tay Square in 1903.

    Such community interests were extended onto a national scale by the Rev. John Mansie, who as Convener of the Assembly Committee on Social Problems, was largely responsible for the establishment in 1931 of the Belmont Castle Eventide Home. After the union of Tay Square and St. Paul's in 1952, the Tay Square building was reopened as St. Paul's Halls by Mrs Jarvis, wife of the Very Rev. Ernest D Jarvis and daughter of the Rev. John Reid, a former Tay Square minister.

    © Meadowside St. Paul’s 2017. All rights reserved.40
    Tay Square Church - from the book Tay Square Church, Dundee, A Centenary in Retrospect, 1832-1932 [PCC Jun 2017]
  • Note for Web*: Alexander Miller chiropodist during WWII Alec ran the Hawkhill First Aid Post between 1939 and 1945.33

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