Mills, William Robert Granville

He was the son of Granville Mills, formerly an official of the Indian Public Works Department, and Cordelia Mills, nee Roberts. He came to Winchester from Eagle House, Sandhurst and was a School Prefect in his last year, won the Warden and Fellow’s Prizes for English Verse and English Essay and the Headmaster’s Prize for French, and played in College XV.

In 1915, he was elected to the Senior Classical Scholarship at Christ Church, Oxford, and in January 1916 was gazetted to the Royal Field Artillery, proceeding to the front in June to join the 103rd Brigade. He was killed near Ypres on February 16th 1917 and is buried inĀ Grave VII.H.2 of the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground.

A volume containing some of his poems and letters was printed for private circulation by Messrs. B.H. Blackwell “Poems and Letters of William R G Mills 1918” and in November 1917 a poem written in his memory by Claude Hamilton (not an OW) appeared in the Wykehamist.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Mills
  • Forenames or initials: William Robert Granville
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1911-1915
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 31st December 1897
  • Date of Death: 16th February 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G2
  • Decoration: NA