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McMillan Samuel Thomas
Reg No. 10/3019

Wellington Regiment
7th Company
1915-1918

Father McMillan Alexander. 99th and 40th Regiments. 3rd Waikato Regiment.
Mother McMillan Maria nee Mc Guinness

Occupation: Gardener. Sanfords Limited.
Boer and 1st World War Veteran.
Born at Auckland NZ on 14/10/1878.
Baptized at St Patrick’s Cathedral Auckland NZ on 06/12/1878
Never Married.
Died at 22 Hayden St Auckland NZ on 08/01/1940
Buried at BC.S3.P10. Waikumete Cemetery
Auckland NZ on 10/01/1940.

*** Personal war service history ***

War Record of Private Samuel McMillan
Total service in First World War 3yrs. 29. Days.
Discharged 12 Jul 1918 Class C. Unfit for Military Service

14 06 1915. Enlisted at Trentham Military Camp Wellington New Zealand.
08 10 1915. In training in New Zealand.
09 10 1915. Embarked for overseas service.
18 11 1915. Disembarked at Suez Egypt.
09 11 1915. Joined 1st Battalion Wellington Infantry Regiment 7th Company.

24 01 1916. Admitted to No. 1 Australian Field Hospital. Dysentery.
07 02 1916. Discharged to Duty.
10 02 1916. Rejoined unit.
06 04 1916. Embarked for France.
24 05 1916. In the Field. Sick in Hospital.
02 06 1916. Rejoined Battalion.
12 06 1916. Absent from Parade. Forfeit of 4 Days Pay.
22 08 1916. Absent without leave. 21 Days No. 2 Field Punishment.

13 09 1916. Wounded: Shell fragments Right Foot. Admitted to No.1 Field Hospital.

24 09 1916. Rejoined Battalion.
25 10 1916. Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station.
29 10 1916. Admitted to No.8 Field Hospital: Incontinent of urine.
01 11 1916. Attached to Base Hospital Etaples Depot.
12 11 1916. Admitted to No. 51 General Hospital.

21 01 1917. Discharged to Base Depot Etaples.
01 03 1917. Rejoined Battalion.
16 07 1917. Proceeded on leave to London England.
05 08 1917. Returned from leave.

07 08 1917.
21 Days Field Punishment. 4 Days Pay, and 2 shillings fine. For being absent without leave from 26 07 1917.
Until being apprehended 8:30pm 30 07 1917.

30 08 1917.
Absent without leave from 6:15am 15 08 1917, until surrendering to Military Police at 8:45pm.
18 08 1917. Awarded 28 days No. 2 Field Punishment. Forfeit 4 Days pay.

29 09 1917.
Awarded 14 Days No. 2 Field Punishment. Forfeit 1 Days pay Absent without leave. 8:30am 24 09 1917 until 8pm 24 09 1917.

04 10 1917. Wounded in action. Gunshot wound. Left thigh. 1st Finger of left hand.

05 10 1917. Admitted to No. 3 Australian Field Hospital.
07 10 1917. Admitted to No. 12 General Hospital at Rouen.
08 10 1917. Admitted to No. 2 Convalescent Depot at Rouen.
13 10 1917. Admitted to No. 11 Convalescent Depot at Bluchy.
10 12 1917. Attached to Base Depot at Etaples.
28 12 1917. Admitted to No. 20 General Hospital at Caivers with Scabies.

03 01 1918. Attached to Base Depot Etaples. 28 02 1918. Arrived at Torquay England. Marched in from France.
09 03 1918. Classified unfit. Placed on New Zealand roll. Neurasthenia.
01 04 1918. Embarked from Glasgow aboard S.S. Athenic.
17 03 1918. Arrived in New Zealand.
12 07 1918. Discharged Class C. Unfit for Military Service.

MY GREAT UNCLE SAM McMILLAN.

By Ivan Dominikovich
I remember very little of Uncle Sam. I remember Swimming at Devonport Beach Auckland New Zealand on a family picnic, and he was present.
He would often drop off fish or smoked fish at our home at 5 West Street Auckland from his job at Sanfords Ltd, but he never stayed long.

In his youth he was well known in swimming and sporting circles in Auckland.

Sam McMillan also enlisted in the Boer War No. 9322. He sailed aboard the Drayton from Wellington New Zealand on the 14 Apr 1902 for South Africa.

Sam would disappear for weeks at a time. He was being treated regularly at Hamner Springs Sanitorium in the South Island as he was severely affected by his war service in the trenches in France. He was gassed and shell shocked from serving in places like Ypres, Passchendaele and St Omer. He continually suffered from Nervous Breakdowns.

Sam never married and lived with his mother Maria McMillan at 75 Greys Avenue until her death in 1923. He was spotless in his clothing and living standards. He died a lonely man shattered by war in his rooms at 22 Hayden Street Auckland City on the 8th of Jan 1940.

The approach to the Harbour Bridge Fanshawe Street Motorway Flyover of State Highway 1, runs over the site of where he finished his days in Hayden St. He was buried at BC. Section 3. Plot 10. Waikumete Cemetery Auckland NZ on 10 Jan 1940.


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