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Personal Details
Date of BirthMay 25, 1881
Place of BirthAbernethy, Perthshire
CountryScotland
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinWife: Agnes P. Miller, Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Trade / CallingFisherman
ReligionPresbyterian
Service Details
Regimental Number887467
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion188th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentYorkton, Saskatchewan
Address at EnlistmentYorkton, Saskatchewan
Date of EnlistmentMarch 3, 1916
Age at Enlistment34
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathOctober 8, 1965
Age at Death84
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
Plot3E-29-3

Miller, David Greenhill

The third born child, David Greenhill Miller, was born in Abernethy, Perthshire, Scotland on May 24, 1881 to Andrew Miller and Johann Porleous Greenhill. He had 2 older sisters Janet and Mary and his younger siblings were Alexander, George, Joanna  Gilbert and Murray.  David received his education in the ‘Old Country’  Scotland.  He came to Saskatchewan, Canada in 1907.

David married Agnes Plenderleith at Yorkton, Saskatchewan in 1912.

When  David enlisted on March 3, 1916 he listed his birth year as 1884, was living in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and was supporting his wife and 2 children by working as a fisherman. He was placed with the 188th Battalion which trained at Camp Hughes, Manitoba. This unit sailed for England aboard the S.S. Olympic arriving on 19 October 1916. The next month David was transferred to the 46th Battalion and sent to France. On 9 January 1917 he was admitted to #11 General Hospital with a gun shot wound to his left thigh.  He received treatment for a month and was then discharged to base details until rejoining his unit in the field on 13 April 1917. David had two more hospital stays during 1917: 4 days in June with hyper astigmatism, and 23 days in August with PVU (fever of unknown origin). After that he was once again transferred to base details until November 1917 when he was attached to the 4th Divisional Employment Company. David was reclassified B1 due to defective vision, which meant he was fit for employment in labour, forestry and railway units and on 26 June 1918 he was struck off strength from the 46th Battalion and taken on strength by the 4th Divisional Employment Company.  David served with this unit in France until 26 January 1919 when he was transferred to the 8th AE Company. In April, after a two week leave to the Uk, David was retained in England and posted to the General Depot. He was struck off strength to Canada on 10 May 1919 arriving back on 20 May. David’s official discharge due to demobilization came on 23 May 1919.

After the war, David returned home to Yorkton  later moving to Kenora, Ontario  in 1925.  He obtained work at  the  Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company  in Kenora and stayed with them until he retired.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. David and Agnes had a total of 7 children;  sons, Andy, James,  Gilbert, Robert, Stuart and David, and  a daughter named Nora

David Greenhill Miller died at Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  When he died on October 8, 1965 he had  his home on First Street North in Kenora.  David was survived by his wife Agnes in Kenora,  son Andy of  Toronto, sons James and Gilbert of Vancouver, British Columbia, son Robert of Dryden, Ontario  and sons  Stuart and David of Kenora, Ontario, plus  his daughter Mrs. Gordon (Nora) Campbell of Penhold, Alberta.  When David passed away he also had 17 grandchildren and and 7 great-grandchildren.  Two brothers, Murray and Alex of Winnipeg, Manitoba survived David.

David’s wife Agnes passed away a short time later on December 14, 1965. Both David and Agnes are buried in the Kenora Lake of the Woods Cemetery in the History Haven Block, east section.  Many of  David’s descendants still make their home in Kenora.

 


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