Research by Douglas MacKenzie
Text by Dr Phil Weaver
Frank Miller was born in 1896 the son of a shepherd on the Gatwick Estate.
Frank’s interest lay not in livestock but golf and he became the assistant to J Patterson the Gatwick Golf Club’s Professional sometime around 1915.
He was very popular according to the obituary in the Surrey Mirror &and County Post, which appeared in the edition dated Friday 27th October 1916.
Young Frank enlisted as a Gunner in “C’ Battery 183rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery his service no. 43652.
Frank Miller was Killed in Action during the Battle of Ancre during the Somme offensive on the 13th October 1916. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing ref: Pier and Face 1A and 8A. Frank was only 20 years of age.
His name can also be found on the ‘Parsons’ memorial plaque in St Bartholomew’s Church. Along with 18 other names his was not selected for inclusion on the Horley War Memorial.