Saddest set of articles – read both….
[Victoria] Daily Colonist, April 30, 1918, page 5
Writer of Chum’s Death in France
Flight Lieut Arthur Miller, Letter from Lieut Victor Pauline states, was killed on March 28.
The first information received here of the death in action of Flight Lieut Arthur Miller, a former pupil of the Boys’ Central School, and very well known in the city, came in a letter from Flight Lieut Victor Pauline, son of Mr and Mrs George Pauline, Quadra Street. Writing of the circumstances to his mother, Lieut Pauline says:
“I expect you will have heard of the death of Arthur Miller. It came as quite a shock to me, he being an old chum of mine. I will write to his mother… He was killed on the aerodrome here (in France) on March 28. I was here at the time, but never dreamed of it being Arthur, his squadron having moved away that day, and it was four days later that another chap I knew happened to mention it… But you must not worry. This kind of thing does not happen every day. Poor Art happened to be unfortunate. It certainly gave me a shock.”
Went over together
Flight-Lieut Pauline and Flight-Lieut Miller, both Victoria boys, went across to France from the air gunnery school at Ayrshire, a third Victoria aviator who crossed at the same time being Flight Lieut Ed Christie, who has been missing since April 2. Lieut Christie had also been taking the course at the air gunnery school in Ayrshire. Lieut Pauline and Lieut Miller had been thrown together a great deal ever since joining the air service, as they were at the RFC training school at Toronto at the same time, and after training together in Scotland were attached to the same aerodrome in France. Lieut Miller’s being the 24th squadron and Lieut Pauline’s the 23rd. Another circumstance of interest to Victorians is that Lieut Miller’s flight commander was Capt Paul Beanlands, MC, son of Canon Beanlands whose associations with Victoria are well remembered. [He officiated at Victor’s parents’ wedding]
Lieut Miller was about twenty-two years of age, and before joining the service was engaged with an electrical engineering firm in the city. An older brother and mother and sister left Victoria some time ago for Honolulu where they are now living.
[From Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website – 2nd Lieut James Arthur Miller, born at Hawaii, died 28/03/1918, aged 24. Buried Bertangles Communal Cemetery. 2nd Lieut Edgar Watchorn Christie, 2/4/1918, on the Arras Flying Services Memorial]
[Victoria] Daily Colonist
1918-05-14, page 5
Victoria Aviator Killed on May 8
Flight Lieut Victor R Paulin, Victoria Boy, is third of three chums within five weeks to give life in service.
Flight Lieut Victor R Paulin of 3112 Glasgow avenue, was killed in France on May 8 according to a cable message received bFlight Lieut Victor R Paulin of 3112 Glasgow avenue, was killed in France on May 8 according to a cable message received by the family on Saturday. No particulars other than the announcement of his death were given.
Lieut Paulin joined the service in July 1917. After training in Toronto, where he received his commission, he returned to Victoria for a short time to see his people before going overseas. He left for England on November 11, 1917.
Before joining the service Lieut Paulin was with the Royal Bank of Canada in Victoria, Alberni and Vancouver. His eldest brother George has been with the artillery in France for two and a half years. His younger brother, Wilfred, is training with the Canadian Engineers in England.
Lieut Victor Paulin would have been 21 years of age on July 19. A touching incident in connection with his death is that only a few days ago he wrote to his mother telling her of the death of his chum, Flight Lieut Arthur Miller, while Flight Lieut E Christie, another Victoria boy who trained at the same time in Toronto was reported missing and has not since been heard of.