Lawrence John Miller was born on 6th April 1898 in Manitoba, Canada.
The 1901 Census for Canada on Ancestry.co.uk shows that the Miller family were living in Ward 6, Winnipeg City, Manitoba. Head of the household John Christopher Miller, age 28 born on 9th December 1872 originated from England and emigrated to Canada in 1890, he was a Shipper by trade.. His wife Edith age 31 born 11th January 1869 was also English and emigrated in 1886. Their son Lawrence John Miller age 2 was born in Manitoba.
Five years on we find the Miller family living at Lansdowne Avenue, Winnipeg City, and Lawrence was 8 years of age
I cannot trace the Miller family on any census returns after 1906.
Attestation Papers for Gunner/Signaller 2650847 Lawrence John Miller. from The Library of Canada.
Lawrence John Miller enlisted into the 76th Depot Battery Canadian Field Artillery on 10th May 1918 at Winnipeg. He gave a home address of 634 Jubilee Ave. Winnipeg, next of kin, John Christopher Miller, father, of 90, Inland Revenue dept. Division # 36, Winnipeg. Lawrence gave his trade as Shipper and had a single status, the description on his medical form 5ft 2in tall with a fair complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair.
After basic training in Canada, Lawrence embarked for England aboard the HMT Themistocles on 10th September 1918 arriving in England on 25th September 1918 when he was posted to Whitley Camp and then Kinmel Camp in Rhyl after hostilities ceased.
Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection.
Tragically Lawrence became ill on 18th December 1918 and was admitted to No.9 Canadian Military Hospital where his condition worsened and he died at
3.20 pm on 22nd December 1918 of Bronchial Pneumonia.
Lawrence John Miller is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.
He is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.