John Alfred MCMILLAN
Rank: Private
Number: 8199
Unit: 20th Battalion ROYAL FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 20 July 1916
Age: 26
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

John was one of four brothers who went to War. Only the youngest, Herbert, would return. Sydney was killed in action on 4/5 June 1915 at Gallipoli. 2nd Lieutenant George McMillan died leading his men on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917.

Like his brothers, John was born in Manchester but had lived in Heaton Moor since he was a young boy. The 1901 Census shows the family living at 8 Gladstone Grove. His parents were John, a merchant's clerk, and Mary and he was the third of five children. It was a comfortable middle class life. John McMillan's income allowed the family to employ a live-in servant and for his son to be educated at Manchester Grammar School.

The family worshipped at the local Congregational Church and he was secretary of its Sunday School. He worked for William Deacon's bank at its Mosley Street branch in Manchester. When War came, he enlisted into the Manchester Regiment (service number 24476). However, as with many young middle class men who had joined the "Pals" Battalions of the Regiment, he was allowed to transfer to the "Public School" Battalion of the Fusiliers which was often seen as a fast route to becoming an officer. He went overseas on active service on 15 November 1915 and was killed in action in this attack. Herbert was also wounded in the arm and leg during the same attack but survived the War.

In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission was collating its casualty information, Mr & mrs McMillann wre living at 11 Kings Drive, Heaton Moor.

   
           
   
     
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