Gallipoli: Tom’s Story

Honouring the Fallen

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This post is dedicated to the memory of my great great uncle Thomas Alexander Gillanders, who was killed in action one hundred years ago today, and to those who fought alongside him at Gallipoli.

Tom was a native of Inverness and the eldest of eleven children. He was a much-loved brother of my great-grandmother who fondly recalled the time he took her on a trip to Edinburgh when she was thirteen years old. He had recently spent some time working on a farm owned by cousins in Winnipeg but had returned announcing that he did not want to face another Canadian winter and had decided to try New Zealand. His father decided that the whole family would emigrate, as the other sons would likely follow Tom eventually anyway.

Thomas Alexander Gillanders (8 April 1881 - 25 April 1915) Thomas Alexander Gillanders (8 April 1881 – 25 April 1915)

The family left for New Zealand in 1908 and in 1910 they…

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Who remembers Edsen Miller?

Robert J. Miller Sr.


My third cousin I never knew  about

WATERBURY — Mr. Robert J. Miller Sr., age 62, of Perkins Avenue, passed away Sunday,

Oct. 26, 2008, at Waterbury Hospital. He was the former husband of Carol (Martone) Miller.

Mr. Miller was born on Sept. 18, 1946, in Waterbury, a son of the late Edsen R. and Antoinette (DiPietro) Miller Sr. A graduate of Croft High School, he owned and operated Robert Miller Carpeting for many years and also worked at Triangle Pacific Cabinets. He was an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed his 1961 Harley Sportster.

Robert is survived by his son, Robert J. Miller Jr. of Wolcott; his daughter, Danielle G. Miller and her husband, Stephen Polsinelli, of Carlsbad, Calif.; his brother, Edsen R. Miller Jr. and his wife, Patti, of South Kingston, R.I.; four grandchildren, Kevin R. Miller, Carolyn, Ava G. and Stephen M. Polsinelli; his aunt, Dorothy Spina of Waterbury; his longtime friend and companion, Linda Shea; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Who  remembers  his father Edsen Miller?

Susan does.