Aubrey Miller

Medals awarded

  • Distinguished Service Order and Bar
  • General Service Medal 1918-62

clasp: Malaya

clasp: Palestine

  • 1939-45 Star
  • Africa Star 1940-43
  • Italy Star 1943-45
  • Defence Medal 1939-45
  • War Medal 1939-45

Clasp: Mentioned In Despatches

  • Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953
  • The Order of St. John

Born in April 1911, Aubrey Miller was commissioned into the East Yorkshire Regiment and was mentioned in dispatches for his service at Dunkirk. In 1943, he took part in the Salerno landings as Brigade Major of the Hampshire Brigade and in the following year was awarded the DSO and Bar for actions in Northern Italy whilst commanding the 6th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment.

After the war he attended the US Military Command and Staff Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and held a staff appointment in Berlin during the airlift.

In 1952 he took over command of the 1st Battalion, Green Howards in Malaya during the Communist insurgency, going on patrol with Corporal Jackie Webb where ‘the greatest threat was from the ‘red ants’’. His Adjutant’s greatest challenge was more administrative, posed by the Brigadier’s handwriting… ‘perhaps if I had been fluent in Russian or read it upside down, I might have done better.’

Brigadier Miller took the Battalion to Minden, Germany the following year. On one occasion, whilst out for a drive in the countryside, he caught up with an army lorry which, to his fury, contained Green Howards who were not wearing their berets. The lorry was duly flagged down and the strongest possible reprimand administered; Miller could not countenance any such imperfection in the Green Howards.

Miller enduring the traditional towing out of camp at the end of his posting.

After leaving the army in 1961, Aubrey Miller worked for many years for the Order of St. John at their London Headquarters. He died on 13 May 2003, aged 92.