No. 15499, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Died on Wednesday 12 July 1916 (aged 24)
No known grave
Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)
Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour
In some records his surname is spelt Miller.
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Sergeant Thomas Millar (No. 15499) was born in Ballygowan and enlisted in Belfast.
In the CWGC website it is recorded that Sergeant Thomas Millar (No. 15499) died on 12 July 1916 whilst serving with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects it is recorded that Sergeant Thomas Millar (No. 15499) was presumed dead and must have died ‘on or since 2 July 1916’. His widow was named as Sarah H. Millar.
Thomas Millar and Sarah Hare (sometimes Haire) Meharry were married on 24 February 1911 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Belfast. Thomas Millar (aged 21) was a labourer from 21 Dock Street, Belfast and he was a son of John Millar, a labourer. Sarah Hare Meharry (aged 21) from 53 Mervue Street, Belfast was a daughter of William Meharry, a labourer.
Thomas and Sarah Millar (nee Meharry) had at least one child:
Anna Isabella (Annie, born 18 June 1912 at 3 Canton Street, Belfast; died of tubercular disease on 6 June 1917 at 49 Belmont Street, Belfast).
Thomas Millar was born on 1 April 1892 in Ravara and he was a son of John and Margaret Millar (nee McIlveen) who were married on 16 December 1889 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast. They had at least nine children:
James (born 27 July 1890 in Ravara)
Thomas (born 1 April 1892 in Ravara)
Anna Isabella (born 27 December 1893 in Ballyknockan, Moneyreagh)
William John (born 14 December 1895 in Ballygowan; died of bronchitis 29 December 1895 in Ballygowan)
Louisa Wood (born 21 November 1896 at 29 Frankfurt Street, Belfast)
Mary (born 8 April 1899 at 7 Clandeboye Street, Belfast)
Margaret (born 1 February 1901 at 26 Clandeboye Street, Belfast)
Sarah (born 19 June 1902 at 53 Beersbridge Road, Belfast)
William John (born 7 May 1904 at 53 Beersbridge Road, Belfast)
Thomas and Anna Millar were baptised in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.
Sergeant Thomas Millar (No. 15499) was 24 when he died in July 1916 and he has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 469). His address was Belmont Street, Belfast.