Mills, Frederick James Greer (No. PLY/16454)

Mills, Frederick James Greer (Frederick)

Private

No. PLY/16454, Plymouth Battalion Royal Naval Division

Royal Marine Light Infantry

Died of wounds on Wednesday 15 September 1915 (aged 21)

Buried:

Pink Farm Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey (Grave IV. E. 9)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial

Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James)

Brother of Lance Corporal Henry Greer Mills (No. 18479)

BIOGRAPHY

Frederick James Greer Mills was born on 8 April 1894 in Knocknagoney and he was a son of John and Anne (Annie) Jane Mills (nee Greer) who were married on 2 March 1887 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James).  John Mills from Church View, Holywood was a son of John Mills, a labourer.  Anne Jane Greer from Windsor Avenue, Belfast was a daughter of David Greer, an Army surgeon.

The Mills family lived at 23 Spencer Street, Holywood and later in the townland of Ballycultra.  John Mills worked as a gardener and he and Annie had three children:

Henry Greer (born 15 August 1889 in Knocknagoney)

Florence (born 10 August 1891 in Knocknagoney)

Frederick James Greer (born 8 April 1894 in Knocknagoney)

After leaving school, and before he joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry, Frederick James Greer Mills worked as a railway porter.  It was reported in the Press that he took part in the defence of Antwerp in August 1914 and ‘he behaved so gallantly at Cape Helles in July 1915 that he was recommended for the DCM by his Commanding Officer’.

Private Frederick James Greer Mills was 21 when he died of wounds at Gallipoli on 15 September 1915 and he was buried in Pink (Sotiri) Farm Cemetery.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

ABIDE WITH ME

Private Frederick James Greer Mills is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial and in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James).