Lieut.-Colonel John Theodore Milner was was born in 1899. He was commissioned into the Worcestershire Regiment from Sandhurst in 1916.
He was severely wounded with the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment in France in 1918. After the war he went out to India to the 3rd Battalion, later transferring to the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.
He was Staff Captain at Lucknow from 1926 to 1929, after which he returned to the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, of which he was Adjutant from 1934 to 1937.
J. T. Milner was then appointed Brigade Major of the 155th (T.A.) Brigade in Scotland. In 1940 he passed through the Staff College at Camberley.
From 1941 to 1942 he commanded the 11th Battalion of the Regiment. From then until his retirement in 1949, Lieut.-Colonel Milner held a number of senior General Staff appointments, including that of Brigadier, General Staff, Southern Command.
His last appointment was as G.S.O.1. Aldershot District. He was awarded the O.B.E. in the New Year's Honours List of 1946.
He was granted the honorary rank of Lieut.-Colonel when he retired from the Army on the 25th May 1949, after 32½ years service in the Regiment.
In 1952 he was re-employed in the Army as Staff Officer Home Guard Southern Command.
Lieut.-Colonel J. T. Milner died suddenly at home in Wiltshire on the 23rd January 1957 (age 58).