McMillan, William George (No. 13172)

McMillan, William George

Sergeant

No. 13172, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Tuesday 4 July 1916

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Megain Memorial Presbyterian Church Belfast

Brother of Private Robert McMillan (No. 2327)

BIOGRAPHY

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Sergeant William George McMillan (No. 13172) was born in Bangor and enlisted in Belfast.

In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that Sergeant William George McMillan (No. 13172) died on 4 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and has no known grave.

In some records his surname is spelt McMillen.

William George McMillan was born on 10 March 1890 in Railway Street, Bangor and he was a son of William and Annie McMillan (nee Tanner) who were married on 9 May 1884 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.

William McMillan worked as a house painter and he and Annie had six children:

Margaret (born 16 July 1886 in Railway Street, Bangor)

James (born 4 December 1887 in Railway Street, Bangor; worked as a labourer in the shipyard)

Robert (born 28 November 1888 in Railway Street, Bangor)

William George (born 10 March 1890 in Railway Street, Bangor)

Sarah Jane (born 27 April 1891; worked as a seamstress)

Hugh (born 7 October 1892 in Gray’s Hill, Bangor)

Their mother Annie died of endometritis in Gray’s Hill, Bangor on 1 November 1893 (aged 31).

Their father William married Sophia Lindsay on 29 December 1900 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.  William McMillan was a widower; a house painter from Gray’s Hill, Bangor and he was a son of James McMillan.  Sophia Lindsay was a spinster from Ballymagee Street, Bangor and she was a daughter of James Lindsay, a labourer.

William and Sophia McMillan had at least one child:

Lindsay (born 7 February 1902 in Gray’s Hill, Bangor)

The McMillan family moved from Bangor to Belfast and in 1911 they were living at 14 Ina Street.

During the Great War Sergeant William George McMillan served with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 26 when he died on 4 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.  Sergeant William George McMillan has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France and in Megain Memorial Presbyterian Church Belfast (where he is recorded as having survived).