1 Canadian Special Wireless Group
Darwin, N.T., Australia
8 Wing Airlift Task Force
Lt John David Miller
Remembrance Day 1999
This page is dedicated to the memory of Lt John David Miller who passed away in Darwin in 1945 while serving with 1 Canadian Special Wireless Group, and to members of 436 and 429 Squadrons of 8 Wing Airlift Task Force from Trenton Ontario, who participated in the airlift relief effort, OPERATION TOUCAN into East Timor, 26 Sep-26 Nov 1999. Personnel from the ALTF took time to honour Lt Miller and other fallen comrades during Remembrance Day ceremonies in November of 1999.
The following are exerpts from the War Diary of 1 Canadian Special Wireless Group. The War Diaries are held by the Communications and Electonics Branch Museum in Kingston Ontario.
- 2 Jul 17 - D.O.B. John David Miller.
- 24 Aug 35 - John David Miller enlisted in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals as a Signalman.
- 18 Apr 44 - Lt Miller attached to No.1 SWS Leitrim from No.4 SWS Riske Creek, BC
- 1 Jul 44 - Lt Miller attached No.1 (Canadian) SWG.
- 18 Apr 45 - After months of training and travel, 1CSWG arrives at McMillan's Road Camp, Northern Territory, Australia. The N.T. Force Band, plays the troops into the camp. An RAAF squadron (flying B-29s) is located across the road.
- 30 Apr 45 - Teletype service with Central Bureau, Brisbane, is established signalling that 1CSWG is up and ready to start business.
- 7 May 45 - Unit CO (LCOL Wethey) proceeds to Darwin to meet with MajGen Aiken, C.S.O. to Gen MacArthur, concerning 1CSWG taking over operations from 51 Aust. S.W. Sec Type "B" and Det of 126 RI Coy (US Signal Corps).
- 30 Aug 45 - Lt Miller is mentioned as the Officer in charge of the Technical Maintenance (T.M.) section, and the Unit Sports Officer.
- "16 Sep - Very Hot"
- "16 Sep 0820 - Lt JD Miller admitted to 107 AGH and placed on Dangerously Ill List. Interim diagnosis Status Epilepticus."
- "16 Sep 2225 - Lt JD Miller died at the hospital, cause of death unknown pending result of Post Mortem to be held 17 Sep 45."
- "17 Sep 0845 - Capt JR Reid completed arrangements at NT Force HQ for funeral of Lt JD Miller in Adelaide River War Cemetery, Tuesday at 1100 hours, 18 Sep 45. Post Mortem diagnosis cause of death - acute encephalitis.
- Intercept traffic 281 messages, diplomatic 12 messages, 73.1% coverage."
- "18 Sep 0830 - funeral party departed for cemetery at Adelaide River. Funeral party was as follows - 8 bearers, members of TM Section; 8 officers as pall bearers; Col DA Cormack CSO, NT Force represented the GOC MajGen JJ Murray; Capt E Mooney represented CSO Staff; 2 buglers and 2 drummers. Firing party 1 Sgt, 1 Cpl, 12 men; approximately 25 other members of the Unit. Service conducted by Chaplain Clayden, RAAF, 12 Sqn. Internment in Adelaide River War Cemetery at 1100 hours. Buried in grave No. G.D.3. Capt HL Hall represented the Commanding Officer who is away on duty."(in Brisbane).
- "20 Sep - Proceedings of Committee of Adjustment concerning late Lt JD Miller despatched to NDHQ."
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