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WW2 Italy Casualty – 6th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.

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WW2 Italy Casualty – 6th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.

1939-45 Star; Italy Star; 1939-45 War medal; Army Council condolence slip, Pte H.J. Miller.

6215832 Pte Henry James Miller was serving in the 6th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment when he died on the 15th November 1944 aged 20.

He was the son of Henery Bertram and Ann Miller, born in East London, he is commemorated at the Meldola War Cemetery, Italy.

The 6th Battalion was a 2nd Line Territorial duplicate of the 4th Battalion, formed in 1939 when the TA was doubled in size. Given his medal entitlement it is probable that Miller missed the Battalions earlier actions i  France and North Africa, joining then in time for the Invasion of Italy

After its service in North Africa the Battalion spent three months resting, refitting and training, the battalion then, in early September 1943, took part in the Allied invasion of Italy, suffering very heavy casualties. The battalion, after helping in the liberation of Naples, later participated in the breaching the Volturno Line, and advanced up the spine of western Italy, fighting along the Winter Line, and in the First Battle of Monte Cassino. In March 1944, the battalion, after nearly six months of continuous action, was withdrawn to Egypt and later Palestine to rest and refit. Returning to Italy in July, the battalion fought on the Gothic Line, it is likely that it was during the associated actions Miller was wounded / killed.

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