Private James Francis Millar


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present, other than that he was born around 1894.

James Francis Millar enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 28 June and 19 July 1916 (No.2209). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp until November 1916, when he and around 100 other North Irish Horsemen volunteered to transfer to the Royal Irish Rifles. The formal transfer took place on 7 December (Millar was issued regimental number 40900), and on that day the men embarked for France. There they were posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, joining it on the Somme front on 12 December.

In January 1918 he transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery (No.193569), remaining with that regiment until the end of the war.

Millar was discharged on 11 March 1919. He was granted a pension, due to shortness of breath and the effects of trench fever, which were attributed to his military service. His address soon after the war was Cavanmore, Bushmills, County Antrim.