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  • Photograph published 15th March 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post , courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
12 Jul 1893
Sneinton Nottingham
John's second name is recorded as 'Hard' or 'Harold' in official documents. He was the son of John and Lottie Mills of 29 Lyndhurst Road, Sneinton, Nottingham. The 1911 census records that John and Lottie had had three children born alive, all of whom were still living at the time of the census. However, only their son John was in the household on the night of the census and the family has not been traced on the 1901 census so nothing is known about John's siblings. When the Royal Navy notified John's father of the death of his son the home address on his service record was 50 Sneinton Boulevard, Sneinton. However, the obituary in the local paper gives the information that John had lately lived on Meadow Lane, Nottingham.
At the time of the 1911 census he was a chemist's assistant. His occupation when he joined the Royal Navy the following year was 'chemist's porter.'
08 Mar 1915
21
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SS/3967 (Po)
Able Seaman
Royal Navy
John joined the Royal Navy as an ordinary seaman on 6 May 1912 on a 12 year engagement (5+7 years). He was advanced to able seaman on 14 August 1913 when he was serving in HMS Princess Royal. His first ship was Victory I (6 May 1912-29 June 1912), then Venerable (30 June 1912-13 November 1912), Princess Royal (14 November 1912, 14 Aug 1913-29 Nov 1913) Vernon II (30 Nov 1913-17 June 1914) and finally 'Woolwich (Hornet)' [as written in register] from 18 June 1914 to 8 March 1915. In February 1915 the First Destroyer Flotilla, which included the destroyer HMS Hornet and the depot ship HMS Woolwich, transferred from Harwich to South Queensferry in the Firth of Forth. The following month John accidentally drowned. A note on his record in the register of seamen's services reads, '8 March 1915, accidentally drowned. NL 22983/15 Report of recovery of body, not identified but probably that of this man.' However, the RN and RM War Graves Roll notes that his body was not recovered for burial. John is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial (Panel 8).
Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged) 12 March 1915: ‘Mills. Accidentally drowned at sea, March 9th (sic), John Harold Mills, AB, late of 375 Meadow Lane, Nottingham.’ Further obituaries published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 9th March 1916 : - “MILLS. – In ever-loving memory of J. H. Mills, accidentally drowned at sea, March 9th [sic], 1915. Gave his life for King and country; sadly missed by those who loved him best. Weep not for me, my friends so dear, I am not dead but sleeping here, and though the Lord has had His due, I fought for England's cause so true. – Loving mother, father, sister, and brothers. “MILLS. – In loving memory of J. H. Mills, accidentally drowned at sea, March 9th, 1915. The Heavenly stars shine on the grave of one we loved so dear, but could not save. – Lucy, Mabel, and Tom. “MILLS. – In affectionate remembrance of J. H. Mills, accidentally drowned at sea, March 9th, 1915. He died a hero, doing his duty for King and country. He is taken from my side, but never from my heart. – Loving fiancée, Gerty Above obituaries courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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  • Photograph published 15th March 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post , courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    John Harold Mills - Photograph published 15th March 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post , courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918