The death of a Crimean veteran took place on Monday, when Mr. Samuel Miller passed away after a seizure with which he was taken on Saturday at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Crane, of 38, Higham Road, Rushden, with whom he had been living, having reached the age of 86½ years.
A native of Higham Ferrers, the late Mr. Miller enlisted as a private in the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards on 24th September 1851 at the age of 18 years 9 months and served ten years with the regiment. He went through the Crimean campaign, being wounded in the foot at the Battle of Alma. He also fought in the storming of Sevastopol. On completing his ten years’ service he was discharged with the following remark on his certificate, dated 19th September 1861: “His conduct has been very good. He is in possession of two good conduct badges, the Crimean Medal and clasps for Alma and Sevastopol and the Turkish Medal.” He was married at St. Margaret’s Church London, on 2nd September 1856, but there were no children of the marriage. His wife died about ten years ago. For some time Mr. Miller was in the Royal Chelsea Hospital for old veterans.
The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon at the Higham Ferrers Cemetery, the Rev. C. Borman officiating. The first part of the service was held in the house at 38, Higham Road. The mourners were Mr J. Taylor (nephew) of Herne Bay; Mrs. Burditt and Mrs. Johnson (nieces) of Higham Ferrers and Mr. Mrs and Miss Crane. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs. Whittington and Tomlin. The time was too short to make arrangements for a military funeral.