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Paul Reed
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In Memory of Corporal George Mills, 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, who died of wounds on 31st December 1915, aged 19. He was born in Bognor and enlisted in Chichester. His details from the CWGC database are:

Name: MILLS, GEORGE
Initials: G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment
Unit Text: 7th Bn.
Age: 19
Date of Death: 31/12/1915
Service No: G/819
Additional information: Son of Jesse and Janet Mills, of 45, Chapel St., Bognor, Sussex.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. G. 66.
Cemetery: BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY



His obituary from the 'Sussex Daily News' of 19th January 1916 is below:

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His brother Jesse had died of wounds in Dublin in 1914; Mrs Mills 90 years ago had now lost both her sons. They are named together on the Bognor War Memorial.

Name: MILLS, JESSE

Initials: J

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment: Coldstream Guards

Unit Text: 4th Bn.

Age: 26

Date of Death: 16/11/1914

Service No: 7159

Additional information: Son of Jesse Mathew and Janet Mills of 109 Collyer Ave. Bognor Sussex.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: CE. 574.

Cemetery: GRANGEGORMAN MILITARY CEMETERY

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I have been the custodian of George Mills 1914/15 trio for something like 20 years now. In those far off days when I lived in Bognor, I used to drink in the Lamb Inn in Steyne Street, which was just round the corner from Chapel Street, where George grew up. I often used to pass his house.

The family grave is in Bognor cemetery, and mentions his father, sister and brother, Jesse - but not him.

Ninety years on, remembering...

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