He was a man the American sportswriters referred to as a
"scholar and a gentleman" and from such a group of hardened journalists that
was praise indeed! His name was Pat Mills and he was the younger
brother of Fred Mills, the boxing bootmaker. Pat led such a varied
life that it would be easy to write a book about him, but nevertheless I
shall attempt to give you an insight into his interesting and colourful
He grew into a pleasant lad with a nice nature that made him many friends and he also developed a liking for sport. During the First World War, he joined the Royal Flying Corps as a boy entrant. Those days were well remembered by Gosport resident Bill Crockford who joined the same outfit as Pat.
They went through their initial training together at Halton. Bill recalled what an easy going chap Pat was, but even in
those days he was a champion of the underdog. He had no time for the
barrack-room bullies that always abound in the services. Many such
types learnt to their cost only too late that they had picked the wrong chap
to goad into a fight. Pat may have been only a lightweight, but he was
more than a match for many a heavier chap.