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|
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.|
|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|
|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