The following nominal roll
was kept by Sergeant Joseph Schiller; the scan, photos and information are courtesy of his
son, Mark Schiller, with kind permission of his brothers also. Thanks also to CPO2
(ret) Jim Schiller for additional information.
Lance Corporal Joseph Schiller
was assigned to the Calgary Highlanders on 6 April 1944, reverting to the rank of private
by his own request. On 26 July, after the unit arrived in France, he was again
appointed Lance Corporal, and made Acting Corporal on 4 August 1944. The nominal
roll below shows him as Platoon Sergeant of 18 Platoon on 17 August 1944, while the
official casualty record lists him as Lance Corporal when he was wounded shortly after, on
29 August 1944.
He was hospitalized in the UK at
No. 23 Canadian General Hospital, Leavesden, near Watford, and later returned to service
with the Regina Rifle Regiment as part of the Canadian Army Occupation Force (CAOF).
He met and married a lady from Rotterdam and returned to Canada, with whom he had three
sons. After a brief time out of the service, he re-enlisted and served at Camp Shilo
with the Canadian Provost Corps beginning in 1954. He was posted as an instructor to
the School of Artilllery, teaching basic training to artillery recruits. He also
played drums in the Provost Corps Band
photographed in Edinburgh, Scotland, after his hospitalization.