King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Miller, Neville

Second Lieutenant ▪ 5th Battalion

Neville Miller, born on 24th May 1880, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1892. He lived with his parents, Mary and Richard, a bank manager, and his sister, Winnifred, at The Hollies, 52, Newton Road, Walsall.

At School, Neville did not excel academically but showed particular promise in German. He does not appear in the School magazines, probably because of his short stay at the school of only two years. The 1911 Census reveals that he had become a stockbroker, living at Letitia Creese’s boarding house on the Hagley Road.

In 1914, Neville enlisted as a Private Soldier in the 1st Birmingham Pals Battalion (14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment). He went to France with his Battalion in 1915 and was wounded on 22nd July 1916, on the Somme. In January 1917, after his convalescence, Neville gained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 5th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. He served in France again from April 1917, and was killed near Arras on 28th June 1917, aged thirty-seven. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. His father, who was then working in Newhall Street, applied for Neville’s medals after the war.