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.