MILLER, JOHN JACOB

Birthdate
Birthplace
Noel Shore, Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Age
20
Parents
Son of Ernest Foster and Ellen Miller, of Noel Shore, Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Farmer
Service number
F/36244
Engagement
1943-10-14, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Overseas
1944-05-01, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-07-23, France
Date of death
1944-10-11
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 4 | Row D | Grave 6

"GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN"

Military grave
Additional info

Miller is a rather raw farm lad. Confident and bold. Sociable. "M" score indicates above average Army learning ability. Should prove to be a conscientious and reliable soldier and possibly suitable for trades training. Lieutenant V.A. Fisher.

Assigned to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders on June 11, 1944.

Assigned to the North Shore Regiment on August 1, 1944.

One brother in the Army, Harry William Miller.

The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment war diary reports on October 11, 1944:
IJzendijke, Netherlands MR 277086 (Engelandweg, Terneuzen, Netherlands).
Weather: Clear and cool.
Plan for our next move was for 8 Brigade (Queen's Own Rifles, Le Regiment de la ChaudiereNorth Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment) to push through 9 Brigade (Highland Light Infantry, North Nova Scotia Highlanders, Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders) and enlarge the Bridgehead which they had established on the Southern sector of the Scheldt (Biervliet/ Hoofdplaat, Netherlands on October 9, 1944). Our Battalion is to lead 8 Brigade. We are to cross at 0700 hrs. Coys are to move to Marshalling Area and load in Buffaloes for crossing (over water). Order of crossing was "A", "B", "C" and "D" Coys. Coys started to move off at 0600 hrs, while Company Commanders were attending an "O" Gp at Bn. By 1200 hrs all Coys were across and in position behind 9 Brigade. Tactical H.Q. was located at MR 188147 (Scheldedijk, 300 metres East of Olmendijk, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands). Le Regiment de la Chaudiere and Queen's Own Rifles of Canada were to move behind, as Coys dug in and settled down to await further orders.
Enemy shelled our areas heavily. This shelling was reported to be coming from heavy guns on Walcheren Island (The North side of the river Western Scheldt). Few casualties were inflicted on our Troops. Our Scout Officer, Lieutenant V. Soucisse, was evacuated with shrapnel wounds.