Served in World War II.
John was a private in the North Shore Regiment (New Brunswick).
Active Service Record: Enlisted on 14 Oct 1943 in Halifax, N.S. Trained in Nova Scotia until being sent overseas on 1 May 1944 and arriving on 7 May 1944. He joined the North NS Highlanders and was sent to France on 22 Jun 1944, disembarking on 23 Jun 1944. He was admitted to 9th General Hospital on 1 Aug 1944 and discharged on 12 Aug 1944. He then joined the North Shore Regiment and was killed in action on 11 Oct 1944 in the Scheldt area of Holland.
From his Personnel Selection Record, John had Grade 7 education and left school at 14 because he was needed on the farm. "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."
MILLER, JOHN JACOB
Initials: J J
Regiment: North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Date of Death: 11/10/1944
Service No: F/36244
Additional information: Son of Ernest Foster Miller and Ellen Miller, of Noel Shore, Hants Co., Nova Scotia.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. D. 6.
Cemetery: ADEGEM CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY (Maldegem, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium)
Adegem Canadian War Cemetery is located midway between Brugge (17 km) and Gent (26 km) on the N9 which connects the two towns. In the last week of September 1944, the Allies held the city of Antwerp, but the Germans held both shores of the Scheldt estuary, so that the port of Antwerp could not be used. The task of clearing the southern shore of the estuary was allotted to the 3rd Canadian Division, aided by the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and the 52nd Division. Their operations lasted from October until the beginning of November 1944; by 3 November the Germans had been cleared from the north-west corner of Belgium and the south shore of the Scheldt was free. There had been fierce fighting for two weeks for the crossing of the Leopold Canal. The majority of the men buried at Adegem died during the operations for the clearance of the south bank of the Scheldt, but many Canadians who lost their lives elsewhere in Belgium were also brought here for burial.