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Robert Millar PTE ROBT MILLAR 5TH A.&.S.H.

S/18445 Private Robert Millar

1st/5th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

killed in action 1st August 1918

aged 24

Oulchy-Le-Chateau Churchyard Extension
St Machar's Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir

Son of John Millar and Mary MacNamara
Broomward, Bridge of Weir

His Life

Robert Millar was born on 23rd October 1893 at Loanhead, Houston, Renfrewshire, one of twelve (seven surviving) children, and the only son, born to John Millar, a ploughman and carting contractor from Bridge of Weir, and Mary Macnamara from Craigends, Lanarkshire, who had married in Kilbarchan on 12th December 1879. Robert Millar was a first cousin of William Simpson Millar, sharing paternal grandparents, Robert Millar and Mary Speirs who had married in Lochwinnoch in 1850.

In 1881 Mary (18), described as a farm servant's wife, and 3-month old Elizabeth were living in Morrison's Land, Kilbarchan. John was not present.

In 1891 John (37), Mary and five daughters were living at Loanhead, Houston, Renfrewshire. John was a ploughman. Mary's mother, 67 year old Elizabeth Macnamara, was boarding.

In 1901 the Millar family of five was still living in the ploughman's house, Loanhead. By then the three eldest daughters had left the family home and Robert, the first surviving son, was 7 years old.

By 1911, the family, now of four, had moved to a 2-roomed flat in Beechwood, Main Street, Bridge of Weir. John was now a carting contractor, and employed his son Robert (17). The last remaining daughter Isabella was a calico print worker. By 1918, Broomward, Bridge of Weir near the Clydesdale Leather Works, was the main family home.

Robert Millar enlisted in January 1917 and joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. His Medal Index Card does not record when he first joined the theatre of war. He was killed when the 1/5th Bn took part in the Battle of the Marne as part of the 103rd Brigade, 34th Division's attack near Beugneux and was initially buried in the Beugneux British Cemetery, which contained the graves of 36 British soldiers (mainly of the 1st/5th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) who fell on 1st August 1918. Their remains were later moved to Oulchy-Le-Chateau . The courage and tenacity of the 34th Division, fighting alongside the French, was commended by General Mangin.


The field of battle where Robert Millar fell on 1st August 1918. The 5th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders were on the right of the 103rd Brigade's advance past Beugneux.


1881 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age Name Age
Elizabeth3 mo Elizabeth10Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire
Mary8Abbey, Renfrewshire
Agnes6Abbey, Renfrewshire
Margaret3Margaret13 Loanhead, Renfrewshire
Jane< 1Jane10 Loanhead, Renfrewshire
Robert7 Robert 17 Loanhead, Renfrewshire
Isabella14 Loanhead, Renfrewshire


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