Arthur F. H. Mills

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Arthur F. H. Mills
The author pictured on the dust jacket of his 1916 memoir, Hospital Days
The author pictured on the dust jacket of his 1916 memoir, Hospital Days
BornArthur Frederick Hobart Mills
(1887-07-12)12 July 1887
Stratton, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Died(1955-02-18)18 February 1955
Hampshire, United Kingdom
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
GenreWar, Adventure, Crime
Notable worksWith My Regiment: From the Aisne to La Bassée (1916); Hospital Days (1916); The Yellow Dragon (1925)
SpouseLady Dorothy Rachel Melissa Walpole Mills (1889–1959); divorced in 1933
Arthur Mills (MP);
Revd Barton R. V. Mills; Brother:
George Mills

Arthur Frederick Hobart Mills is one of a family of authors. His grandfather, Arthur Mills, was a Tory and an expert of colonial economies and governance. The senior Mills' India in 1858 describes the political and economic conditions in India after the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Arthur F. H. Mills is the brother of children's book author George Mills (Meredith and Co., King Willow) and author, explorer, and adventurer Lady Dorothy Mills (The Laughter of Fools, The Road to Timbuktu), to whom he was married from 1916 through their divorce in 1933.

Education and career[edit]

Captain Mills (Wellington College, Berkshire, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst) was wounded in World War I at La Bassée and wrote a pair of books, his first, about that experience: With My Regiment: From the Aisne to La Bassée (J. B. Lippincott & Co.: Philadelphia, 1916) and Hospital Days (T. Fisher Unwin: London, 1916) under the pseudonym Platoon Commander. At his wedding to Lady Dorthy Walpole in 1916, her wedding ring was made from a bullet that had been surgically removed from his ankle.[1]

Despite favorable reviews, frequent impressions, and global translations of many of his earlier books (The Broadway Madonna, The Gold Cat), Mills eventually became known as a genre author of cheap crime and adventure novels.[2] His work has been largely forgotten.[3]

Mills died in Hampshire, United Kingdom, on 18 February 1955.


Title Publisher Date Pseudonym
With My Regiment:
From the Aisne to La Bassée
Lippincott 1916 "Platoon Commander"
Hospital Days Unwin 1916 "Platoon Commander"
Ursula Vanet Bale 1921
Pillars of Salt Duckworth 1922
The Primrose Path Duckworth 1923
The Yellow Dragon Hutchinson 1924
The Broadway Madonna Unknown 1924
The Gold Cat Hutchinson 1925
The Danger Game Hutchinson 1926
Live Bait Hutchinson 1927
Modern Cameos Hutchinson 1928
White Snake Hutchinson 1928
The Blue Spider Collins 1929
Pursued Collins 1929
The Apaché Girl Collins 1930
Intrigue Island Collins 1930
Escapade Collins 1931
Stowaway Collins 1931
One Man's Secret Collins 1932
Judgment of Death Collins 1932
Gentleman of Rio Collins 1933
Black Royalty Collins 1933
The Ant Heap Hutchinson 1934
Paris Agent Collins 1935
Brighton Alibi Collins 1936
Café in Montparnasse Collins 1936
French Girl Collins 1937
The Broken Sword Collins 1938
Jewel Thief Collins 1939
White Negro Collins 1940
Don't Touch the Body Collins 1947
Shroud of Snow Evans 1950
Last Seen Alive Evans 1951
Your Number Is Up Evans 1952
The Jockey Died First Staples 1953
The Maliday Mystery Staples 1954


  1. ^ "1914: George's Brother Goes to War". Who Is George Mills?. 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  2. ^ "Arthur Mills Bibliography". Classic Crime Fiction. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  3. ^ "Great War Dust Jackets". Retrieved 2016-08-04.

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