Rose Mills, Heyshott
Part of a 1924 poem to Rose by her brother Arthur Mills
All above © Colin Mills
The 'heart pulling' poem to Rose, shown left, was written in 1924, some time after her death by her brother Arthur. She died while still quite young, and Arthur, it seems, never quite recovered from the grief of losing her whilst sitting by her bedside.
Both were born in Heyshott spending the early parts of their lives there and Arthur mentions in his poem, how they played together on 'that narrow, stony lane' as children, which possibly refers to Leggs Lane.
Arthur, was Arthur Henry Mills, born in Heyshott 13 November 1894. He and his two brothers Percy and Ernest with sister Rose lived in a row of cottages close to the church, although at the time of writing it is not sure if this was one of the now Black Horse cottages or was one in a 'row of cottages' along Leggs lane.
Their parents were Ernest Mills & Alice Mills [nee Marshall]. Ernest was employed as either a General Labourer or Blacksmith.
Now in 2010, Colin Mills, Arthurs son, who lives with his wife Jane in Maresfield, Sussex, is putting together information on his family, in particular his father. As is usually the case [myself included] we wait until its too late to ask of our history, or possibly fail to listen, and Colin openly admits "Thankyou for all your efforts to find my Dad. One of my deepest regrets is that I never 'bothered' to ask him about his life when he was on this earth and therefore I only have bits and pieces that I gathered from his little references to things of the past."
"My Dad was very proud to have served in the Royal Garrison Artillery on 6inch guns during the Great War. I was born in 1931 and when I was a small boy I remember my Dad used to have two monthly, or possibly weekly, magazines about the Great war. One was called 'Then and Now' which had photographs taken from the same point one showing the devastation of the war and the other showing as it was when the magazine was published. The other magazine I am sure was called 'I was There', we still have his Army Medals.."
After the First World War Arthur Mills worked at International Stores in Southsea, firstly as a counter assistant - "I remember he told me he was on the cheese counter at one stage because that is where he learned to wrap parcels very well. He used to cut the cheese with a cheese wire to the customers requirements and parcelled it up in greaseproof paper."