Name: Isaac James Mills


Birth Date: 1896 Where: Queensland
Died: 1 May, 1917 Where: Bullecourt, France
Place of Enlistment: H.M.A.S. A11 (at sea) Age: 19
Serial Number: 237 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Corporal

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,


Photograph Mills
Service Details:



14 May

1915                      Enlisted

23 June

1915                      Attested aboard A11(Ascanius)


1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

25 June

1916                      To Hospital

20 October

1916                      Returned to Unit

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt


1917                      Warlencourt

26 Febuary

1917                      Promoted Corporal

3 March

1917                      Wounded, Attack on Malt Trench

5 May

1917                      Killed in Action, Battle of Bullecourt





Biographical Details:

Isaac James Mills was born to Charles Isaac Bull Mills and Margaret Agnes Mary Desmond at Blackall Queensland in 1896. He had an older sister (Vauda) and a younger brother (Charles).
Isaac was educated at the Emu Park State School and Nudgee College. In 1909 a 13-year-old Isaac was thrown from his horse when it was spooked by an Alligator (crocodile). Isaac’s father later shot, stuffed and displayed the 17’ 6” monster in his shop.
Prior to enlisting in April 1915, Isaac was a storekeeper in his father’s Emu Park store. He did not join his Battalion until he boarded the Ascanius which left Brisbane on 24th May. Isaac was officially attested at sea on 22nd June.
Isaac served at Gallipoli and then Egypt before going to France where he volunteered for the Trench Raid.  He was a member of the Right Bombing Parting.
In late June Isaac was hospitalised for 90 days with gonorrhoea which he, and 7 other Raiders, probably contracted while enjoying their special leave to London.
In March 1917 Isaac was wounded, recovered and returned to France. He was killed at Bullecourt in May 1917,  just three weeks short of his 21st birthday. Isaac’s body was not recovered and his name appears on a wall at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France.
Isaac was unmarried and his medals, along with the Memorial Scroll and Plaque went to his father. Also, his personal effects: Prayer Book, Rosary, Cross & Religious medallion, Battalion colours.

The following notice was published soon after his death:
Mills.- Killed in action, France May
1st, 1917, Corporal Isaac James. Mills
237, 26th Battalion, the beloved son of
C, I.B. and M. A. Mills.
Greater love no man hath than
That he lay down his life for his friends.

The Capricornian, 20th November, 1909, p43