Ian Malcolm Keith Miller was born in Alton, Hampshire on 4th January 1915. He was the second son of Alfred Edward and Elizabeth Florence Miller (nee Nott). Alfred was a pharmacist who worked in Ramsgate, Kent for much of his life.
Ian attended Chatham House School in Ramsgate where he was captain of Cricket and Rugby and senior prefect. On leaving school he joined the Surveyor’s department of Broadstairs Council.
“Kim” as he was known joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1939 and became a promising flier. His first front line post was to fly Spitfires with 610 Squadron based at RAF Acklington in Northumberland. It was during one of his first training flights that his Spitfire L1049 was involved in a mid-air collision over Eglingham, Northumberland on 18th October1940.
His aircraft was destroyed and he was badly injured dying in hospital on 4th November 1940. His parents being quite elderly, “Kim” was claimed by his brother Ronald Ivor Mason Miller who was a master at Lord Williams’s school Thame and he was buried in St Mary’s churchyard, Thame on 11th November 1940.
His only memorial is his grave in Thame churchyard.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to St Mary’s churchyard, Thame on 03rd August 2014 by Wing Commander Jenny Holmes (RAF Halton)