Time to reflect on soldier’s story
AS CASINO stopped yesterday to remember those who had served and those who had given their lives for their community and their country, we highlight the story of a single soldier as a reflection of so many men.
Uriel Anderson Milligan, known to his family as Andy, was 16 years old when he enlisted in the army in the First World War.
Like many young men of the time, he lied about his age so he could fight for is country.
He travelled to Sydney from Taree to sign up, with records showing he joined the 19th Battalion a week before Christmas 1915.
No one can know for sure, but being so soon after reports of the disastrous Gallipoli landing filtered back to Australia, the family assumes he was desperate to do his bit for his country.
He embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Ceramic (A40) on 13 April 1916.
Less than a year after leaving his quiet country home on the Mid North Coast, he was killed in action on the bloody battle fields at Flers, France, on November 12, 1916.
He was aged just 17 when he died. He has no known grave, but is remembered with honour on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. He is proudly remembered by the Milligan and McDonald families of Casino.