Milburn George Robert Pte 4444858

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Name Milburn George Robert
Army number 4444858
Rank Private
Decorations British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Date of birth Born Q3 1893 Gateshead.
Age 46 at the time of his death.
Unit Private Milburn had WW1 service, 27/2/1915 - 15/1/1919, firstly in the Durham Light Infantry as Number 19/295 and then in the 5th London Regiment as 45304 and finally in the 5th (City of London) Battalion, (London Rifle Brigade) as Number 307351 and is understood to have been wounded, though this has not yet been confirmed. Enlisted in The Durham Light Infantry as a Territorial in the 6th Battalion on 4/7/1925 at Consett, aged 31. Discharged 9/10/1938 under TA Regulations Para 204 (2). Joined the 41st (Durham) National Defence Company before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Company/Battery National Defence Company - F Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Rifleman.
Joined Brigade
Promotions None known.
Wounded Understood to have been wounded in World War One - yet to be confirmed.
Prisoner of War Not as far as is known.
Died/Killed in action Killed 29/8/1939 while on duty at Croxdale Bridge.
Home address 8, Bradley Cottages, Leadgate. Probably later lived at 44, Dean Bank, Medomsley. Working as a Miner at Felling on Tyne. Married to Mrs S Milburn (probably Sarah Waddington (widow) - marriage in Gateshead in 1920).
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have confirmed that, because Private Milburn was killed before the official declaration of War, even though he was on duty, armed and in uniform, his death is not included on their database an a War casualty. As far as is known, his grave does not have a CWGC headstone, though this is to be further investigated. His funeral took place on Saturday 2nd September 1939 at Medomsley Church. Newspaper reports of his Inquest and Funeral are set out below.


Inquest Report


Coroner's comment


Report of Pte Milburn's Funeral