Raymond Basil Mills - My Father - in - Law

I never knew Ray as an army man, he was a considerate, if feisty father in law, fair and quite generous man. There are some different versions of this, but it seems to be whoever you talk to, you get a different version. However some of the family photos and artefacts have come to me so here goes!

He was born on the 9th November 1916 in Handsworth, Birmingham and died at his home at 20 Cheltenham Road, Blackpool, on the 30th of October 1990. I knew him 20 years. His first marriage was to Dylys Syleen Jones on the 24th of October 1942 at St. Lawrence in Thanet, Kent. ( Dilys Eileen Jones. father was a Welsh miner). There were 2 sons to this marriage Michael Raymond Mills b. 1945, and Martin Philip Mills b. 1948. both in the Ramsgate area. My wife would dearly like to get in touch with them.

The story from this end is that his wife did not wish to to be posted overseas, so when Ray was posted to Germany she refused to go.

Ray met a German woman Ruth Schober from Lemgo and had 3 children with her. My wife was born, Diana Ruth Elsa , marriage to Ruth  followed, 2 more sons Charles and Roger Mills were born. Roger Mills was killed in a hit and run accident in Blackpool in the early '70's. He was working for the Post Office as a messenger boy at the time.  This hit the family very hard. I knew him about 12 months.

Roger at 15 years old
Ray's father was Oliver John Mills b. 16th May 1893 at Horsell Hill, Little Bedwyn in Wiltshire. His mother was Daisy Kathleen Boseley(Bosely) born in Hampstead Norris. I have met Oliver John Mills in the early '70's

His Father's Parents were Ernest Mills 1851 - 1912 and Ellen Marsh 1857 to 1959 (101). Family legend says she lived to 104 and still bossed he sons around. I now know the  former to be a little bit of an exaggeration - not too sure of the latter!

1911 Census including Oliver John Mills

I know from a contact on Ancestry that she remarried - with permission I will reproduce the article but I have a photo of the 100th birthday!

It seems that Ellen Mills had become Ellen Baker by now.
She had sons, they were Arthur Ernest Mills, Oliver John Mills, Stephen James Mills and Herbert Mills.
Her daughters were Rhoda Louisa Mills, Harriet Ann Mills, Alice Rosina Mills,

I believe that these are the same two that are in the photo above.
Ray and the Army - Royal Signals to be precise!

Royal Corps of Signals

Trying to keep some sort of order, but it will be in some sort of flux. My Mother-in -laws memory is not quite what it was and she is not sure of the location of some of the photos.

Ray is to the left - with the moustache

The furthest left. His rank was WO2

Nearest the camera

In "Civvies" with the white hat.

At Kowloon, Bottom row 2nd from the left

To the right of the marching men, with the medals

The closest

2/Lt Yaxley O.C.
Sgt Mills T/Sgt (Top Right)
Cpl. Blake T/Cpl (Top Left)
Sig Godfrey T/Sig (Middle)

C Troop July 1958
Depot Regt Royal Signals


  1. I can see lots of Charlie, a little bit of Elton and a little of bit of me in Rays looks!

    1. I am Martin MILLS. My brother Michael and I would love to meet up with you soon. I am attempting to establish contact.

  2. Ellen Mills(Baker) was my gt grandmother. I attended her 100th birthday party in 1957. Some where I have some family photos taken at the time.


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