In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
MILLER, David Lloyd (Dave) - David was born in 1915, to the late Frank and Catherine Miller of Sydney, NS. He joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve as a Sub Lieutenant and was assigned to the Corvette Dauphin on escort duty in the Atlantic, guarding the mercantile from U-Boats. His next assignment was as Lieutenant on the Corvette Ville de Quebec which was on duty in the North African arena. While on duty in the Mediterranean Sea, the ship and her crew rammed and sank a German U-Boat. For his part in the encounter, Dave received the Distinguished Service Cross for “Vigilance, Skill and Sound Judgement as Anti Submarine Control Officer”. During the D-Day operations he became Commander of the Corvette Lunenburg, a commission which he held until his retirement in 1944. After the war, David worked with the Department of Veteran Affairs in Halifax and Sydney. He moved with his family to Summerside, PEI in 1951 and opened the first Canadian Tire Store in the area, retiring from the store in 1968. David passed away in Summerside in 2002 at the age of 87.
Citation for Distinguished Service Cross: MILLER, David Lloyd, Lt (T), Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), RCNVR, HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC - Awarded as per London Gazette of 4 May 1945: "For skill and judgement in action against enemy Submarines while serving in H.M. Ships Paladin, Gloxinia, Easton and Wheatland, and H.M. Canadian Ships Port Arthur and Ville de Quebec."
Ships served in:
RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax 01 May 1941 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Jun 1941)
HMCS DAUPHIN - Appointed to Dauphin 19 Aug 1941 as a SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Oct 1941)
HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC - Appointed to Ville de Quebec 14 Sep 1942 as a SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Sep 1942). Appointed Lt, RCNVR (seniority 01 May 1942) (Navy List Mar 1943)
RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax 14 Aug 1943 For Training or Disposal as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Aug 1943)
HMCS LUNENBURG - Appointed to Lunenburg 11 Oct 1943 as a Lt, RCNVR, CO (Navy List Oct 1943)
HMCS STADACONA (Depot Ship Halifax) - Appointed to Stadacona, Staff of Capt (D) 27 Sep 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (seniority 01 May 1941) (Navy List 27 Sep 1944)
* Last noted in the Navy List for May 1945 as a Lt, RCNVR at HMCS STADACONA
* Demobilized 19 Sep 1945 (Royal Canadian Navy Citations - Blatherwick)