Private John George Triller

Private John George Triller was born in Preston, Ontario on 6 February 1894, to Otto and Anna ("Annie") Triller. He was one of five children.

As a young man John trained as a machinist and relocated to nearby Galt, Ontario. On 22 March 1916, at the age of 22, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He embarked for Europe from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the S.S. Tuscania on 25 September 1916. By 6 October 1916 he was in Liverpool, England.

On 13 October 1916 John was transferred from the Canadian 111th Battalion to the 35th Reserve Battalion. He was again transferred on 17 October 1916, this time to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot (the Canadian machine gun training school) in Crowborough, East Sussex, England.

John arrived in France, at Le Havre, on 7 February 1917, and the following day was taken on strength with the Canadian Machine Gun Pool at Camier.

On 7 March 1917, he was taken off strength with the CMGP and taken on strength with the First Canadian Machine Gun Corps. He joined his unit in the field three days later, on 10 March 1917.

On 28 July 1917, John was evacuated to hospital, but rejoined his unit in the field on 4 August 1917. He was granted two weeks leave on 5 January 1918, and returned to his unit on 19 January 1918.

On 16 March 1918, John's unit was absorbed into the First Battalion of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps. The First Battalion of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps was the machine gun support for the First Canadian Division of the Canadian Corps. From 27 September to 1 October 1918 inclusive, they were engaged in the battle of Canal du Nord on the Hindenburg Line. John was likely killed in that battle.

On 2 October, 1918, his commanding officer reported that he had been killed in action the previous day, 1 October 1918. John was 24 years of age.

He is commemorated and buried at the Sancourt British Cemetery, Nord, France. Sancourt village was captured by the Canadian Corps on 29 September 1918, two days before John was killed. The British Cemetery was made in October of 1918, and over 200 casualties of the Great War are commemorated there. The Grave or Reference Panel Number is I.C.29.

This account was submitted by John Triller's great-nephew, Ian F. Leach.

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