Claro Times - 5th November 1915
Lance Corporal J H N McMillan, son of Mr C
McMillan, of Beech Street, Starbeck, was reported dead from
wounds by the War Office last week, and many condolences were
extended to the family. On Monday, however, a telegram was received
from the War Office that the Lance Corporal was not killed, but
wounded, and was in hospital. On Tuesday a letter arrived from the
matron of the hospital where he is lying, stating that he was
wounded in the head, and the right eye was injured.
Three years ago he emigrated to Canada, and last
December joined the Canadian contingent, and came over to England,
and thence to France. Prior to going to Canada, he was an employee
of Mr Charles, hairdresser, of Princes Street, Harrogate. He was
also a member of the Harrogate Presbyterian Church, and sang in the
choir. He received a gunshot wound in the head on Friday, October
Claro Times - 12th November 1915
Lance Corporal J H Neil McMillan, son of Mr J C
McMillan, of 16 Beech Street, Starbeck, who was reported killed, and
this news later contradicted, is recovering from his wounds.
A letter from the Canadian Record Office states :
"Dear Sir, With reference to my notice dated
October 24th, and further to my telegram on the 1st inst, I beg to
inform you that a report has now been received to the effect that
81657 Lance Corporal J H N McMillan, 2nd Battalion Canadians, who
was reported as having died of wounds on the 24th October, is in 22
General Hospital, Camiers, suffering from gunshot wound to the head,
and is making satisfactory progress.
I regret exceedingly that you should have been
caused and anxiety through the erroneous report of Private
A W Kelly, Lieutenant.
For Officer i/c Records"
Another letter from the matron of 22 General
Hospital, British Expeditionary Force, France, says :
"Dear Sir, Before this letter reaches you, you
will have learnt that the reported death of your son, Corporal Neil
McMillan, was incorrect.
Corporal McMillan was admitted to the hospital on
October 23rd, suffering from a bullet wound in the head, which had
also injured the right eye so badly that it had to be removed. He
was considered dangerously wounded, and the doctor had but little
hope of his recovery. To our great pleasure he has steadily held his
own, ands seems to be really improving, though we hardly dare to
acknowledge it even to ourselves. His surgeon is greatly pleased
with his condition today.
I am yours very truly,
M G Parsons, Matron"
Harrogate Herald - 17th November 1915
W H Breare letter
I think I told you something about Lance Corporal McMillan last
week. He was reported killed, but this was an error and we corrected
it last week. I am sorry to say, however, that he died in hospital
on Friday morning at 5.30. the father came in to tell me on his way
back from Leicester. The military authorities wanted to bury Lance
Corporal McMillan with military honours at Leicester, but the father
desired that his boy should be laid by the side of his mother in
Grove Road Cemetery, Harrogate. The death of young McMillan has left
us very sad and full of sympathy, for it is a heavy blow to his good
father. He, however, knows that I sympathise with him, for I have
spoken to him; but he does not know the full extent of my sympathy,
neither can I express it.