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By: MAG Staff and Miller Family
Image: Leonard Miller official military portrait
Leonard Alfred Miller was born on his family farm in the Cottonwood District west of Innisfail on June 27, 1918 to Jesse and Francis Miller. He enlisted in the 15th Alberta Light Horse Reserve force in August 1938 with his friend Laurence Larsen. They had to bring their own horses to training at the Sarcee Camp in Calgary.
Image: Training at Sarcee Camp 1938. Laurence Larsen is the first in the row, Leonard Miller is the third in the row.
On July 28, 1941 he transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps and attended training at Camp ‘K’ Kananaskis. After completing his training, he was transferred to the Royal Canadian Engineers (RCE) in Dundurn, Saskatchewan before being deployed overseas to Liverpool UK in April 1942.
He spent until October 10, 1944 training with various engineer units in England. This training included spending time with the Night Vision Training and Test Unit. He disembarked in France on October 11, 1944. Taken on strength by the 6th Canadian Field Company, RCE, Sapper Miller and his unit headed north, where they helped clear the Scheldt Estuary in the Netherlands.
On March 16, 1945, Sapper Miller and three of his comrades were defusing enemy mines. At 1615, three mines exploded, killing all four soldiers. The reason for the explosions was determined to be either faulty mechanism due to water and weather corrosion or a mechanism weakened by the explosion of shells in the area. He was 27 years old.
Sapper Miller was buried that evening at the temporary Canadian War Cemetery in the village of Bedburg, Germany. In 1946, his grave was moved to the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands.
Headstone at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery – findagrave.com