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12825 Private Abraham Millward

12825 Private Abraham Millward born in 1898 in Biddulph, he was one of 11 children to John & Elizabeth Millward of 25 Welsh Row, Mow Cop. Johnís occupation was a bricklayer, height 5 feet 4 Ĺ inches, weight 113lbs, blue eyes and light brown hair and unmarried.

Abraham enlisted on 31st August 1914 in Macclesfield. Part of his Military Service Records is as follows:

Home 31/08/1914 Ė 18/0715 (Home means in Britain), embarked for France on 18/07/1915, joining his unit on the 19/07/15.

Between 12th February 1916 and 26th February 1916 he was admitted from the field to a field hospital with scabies, he rejoined his unit on the 26th February 1916.

Abraham was killed on the 1st July 1916, the first day of The Battle Of The Somme, he was one of 20,000 killed and 67,000 casualties, on that day alone. There is no record to how he died, but we do know his body was found as he has a grave, in Gordon Dump Cemetery in Ovillers-La Boisselle.

Abrahamís father John received his 1914-15 Star Medal on the 19th August 1920 and his British War medal and his Victory Medal on the 30th July 1921.

Medal Card