John Brier MILLS

Place of birthSt Marys, South Creek, New South Wales
SchoolSt John's Grammar School, Parramatta; Sydney High School, New South Wales
Other trainingJournalist (age 19-29)
Address2 Rose Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation44
Next of kinWife, Mrs J B Mills, Claremont Avenue, Claremont, Western Australia
Previous military serviceEnlisted in January 1883 as a bugler, Parramatta Company of the 3rd NSW Infantry Regiment; served almost continuously in the military until his death. Enlisted in the 2nd West Australian Contingent in the South African War, 1899; on his return joined the 14th Battery, Australian Field Artillery. Went to London as part of the military representation at the coronation of Edward VII. Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, 1905; Lieutenant, 1907; Captain, 1908. Later promoted major and placed in command of Guildford Battery.
Enlistment date28 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentMajor
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Battery 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied of wounds 30 May 1915
Place of death or woundingCape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey
Age at death45
Age at death from cemetery records45
Place of burialPink Farm Cemetery (Plot IV, Row A, Grave No. 13), Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Maria MILLS; husband of Mrs J. B. MILLS, Claremont Avenue, Claremont, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsCousins: Captain Samuel Ernest Goold MILLS MC, 32nd Bn, killed in action, 25 October 1917; 1384 Eric Byron MILLS, 2nd Bn, died of wounds, 28 August 1915; Brother (British Army): Lt. W.C. MILLS, 2nd Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action, July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal