Mills, Thomas (No. 19/537)

Mills, Thomas

Rifleman

No. 19/537, 19th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of disease on Tuesday 18 September 1917 (aged 36)

Buried:

Ballygowan Presbyterian Churchyard

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

United Kingdom Book of Remembrance; updated by CWGC in 2021

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Mills was born on 27 February 1881 in Ballygowan, and he was a son of Thomas and Rebecca Mills (nee Murray) who were married on 23 May 1873 in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.  Thomas Mills, a stone cutter from Ballygowan was a son of William Mills, a farmer.  Rebecca Murray (aged 18) from Ballyrush was a daughter of Robert Murray, a farmer.

Thomas and Rebecca Mills (nee Murray) had 12 children:

Thomas (born 5 April 1874 in Ballygowan; died of debility 7 April 1874)

Margaret Jane (born 14 March 1875 in Ballygowan)

Robert (born 14 March 1877 in Ballygowan)

Thomas (born 27 February 1881 in Ballygowan)

Isabella (Bella, born 25 February 1883 in Ballygowan)

David (born 26 May 1885 in Ballygowan; died 25 May 1949)

Rebecca (born 12 November 1887 in Ballygowan)

Annie Orr (born 1888/1889)

Rebecca Montgomery (born 12 August 1890 in Ballygowan)

Alice (born 14 October 1892 in Ballyrush)

Mary (Minnie, born 29 January 1896 in Ballyrush)

Alexander (born 2 April 1899 in Ballygowan)

Their mother, Rebecca Mills, died of heart disease at 37 Delaware Street, Belfast on 25 June 1914 (aged 58).  Her son David was with her when she died.

Their father, Thomas Mills, died of acute gastritis and heart failure at 37 Delaware Street, Belfast on 28 April 1919 (aged 65).  His son David was with him when he died.

It is recorded on the CWGC website that Rifleman Thomas Mills (No. 19/537) was the husband of the late Susanna Mills of Belfast.

Thomas Mills and Susannah Priscilla Moore were married on 21 September 1908 in Castlewellan Presbyterian Church.  Thomas Mills, a stone cutter from Newcastle was a son of Thomas Mills, a stone cutter.  Susannah Priscilla Moore from Newcastle was a daughter of Alexander Moore, a carpenter.

Rifleman Thomas Mills (No. 19/537), a widower, died of phthisis on 18 September 1917 (aged 34) at his father’s residence, 37 Delaware Street, Belfast.  His brother David was with him when he died.  Death notices in the Belfast Evening Telegraph and the Belfast Newsletter indicated that his funeral to Ballygowan Churchyard would take place at 2.30 pm on 20 September 1917.

Rifleman Thomas Mills (No. 19/537) was initially commemorated in the United Kingdom Book of Remembrance.  This Book commemorates United Kingdom casualties of the two World Wars who were not formerly recorded by the CWGC.  The men and women remembered in the Book are commemorated solely by their CWGC database and register entry.  In October 2021 the CWGC database entry for Thomas Mills was amended to record Ballygowan Presbyterian Churchyard as his place of commemoration.