Able Seaman 

Henry James 



Royal Navy

Boat Crest
Died On:
29 April 1940


(Photo VC&GC Association)

Henry Miller was the son of Albert and Lilian Maud Miller; husband of Vida Maude Miller, of Southsea, Hampshire.

On 29 April 1940 HMS UNITY set out from Blyth on her way to Norwegian waters. In poor visibility at night she collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Atle Jarl, which was en route from Scotland to the Tyne. UNITY sank within five minutes. Lieutenant J N A Low (q.v.) and Able Seaman H J Miller were awarded posthumous EGMs for their gallantry by remaining in the control room as the submarine began to sink and the order to abandon ship had been called. Low and Miller assisted every member of the submarine to escape, except for themselves.

Henty Miller is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial on Panel 37, Column 1.

He left a wife, Vida Maud (née Woodward) and a daughter, Mary.


The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the following posthumous Awards for gallantry in one of H.M. Submarines:– The Medal of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for Gallantry. The late Lieutenant John Niven Angus Low, Royal Navy, H.M. Submarines. The late Able Seaman Henry James Miller, P/J.55387, H.M. Submarines. 

(Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 August 1940. 16 August 1940, Numb. 34924, p. 5059)


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