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thanks for the suggestion, Barb. A reader of my blog gave me the same reference but I doubt the nickname comes from a plant Bill's example of Pro ball player seems more likely but I have a feeling it has a military origin. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

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Hi Gerry. We lived in the next duplex to you back then at 107 Kingston. My parents (Floyd & Chris) were friends with your parents. Two of my sisters, Gwen & Brenda, almost ten years older than me, were teenagers then and hung out with your sisters Lorraine and poor Yvonne. I remember few other details from almost 70 years ago, but oddly I recall your dad having an old Chevrolet and I believe one of your older brothers and me shared the same birthday, January 24th. Happy New Year!

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Doug, Wikipedia also mentions a Dusty Miller who played Major League baseball in the late 1800's.

Perhaps the nickname originated with him?


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Doug, Isn't there a plant called Dusty Miller?

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can anybody tell me why every soldier who had the last name "Miller" wemt by the nickname "Dusty"

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I was born in Camp Shilo on December 24, 1949 We resided at 111 Kingston Ave. from approximately 1948-1954-5. Members of the family were my Dad, Cpl. Edgar Winston Hamer , my mother Agnes My siblings James, Rod, Yvonne, Lorraine, Jack, Scotty, and myself, Gerry

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Everyone have a great Christmas and a SAFE New Year!
Cheers
Turk


Added: December 23, 2018
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Hi Janice. ...Yes our family lived in the huts waiting for PMQ. We were in Shilo approx from ‘51 to ‘61. Dad was in RCASC. We lived in a small forest built PMQ on South side first. It had a coal fired furnace. What a mess we were when we played in small basement amongst the coal crib. .....Only time I ever can remember being lost was last day we lived there. Dad was often the school bus driver and was on ambulance duty when we moved to #7 Unique Ave.. I was in kindergarten if I remember correctly and the other bus driver dropped me off at that smaller PMQ unbenounced to him that My family moved that day to Ubique. ....All went well and I got safely home to my new ‘digs’. ...I remember waiting and wondering but somehow new it was ok because Shilo always looked after us kids. ..Chuckle the ‘ Meatheads, ( a term I always use endearingly) always saved the day. They came along and gave me a nice warm ride home in a shiny new Chev Panel Wagon.
Ubique Ave. PMQ was larger and closer to School and many more friends there to play with as I grew up. ....I see Danny Taylor writes in here. In those days his family was friends of ours. As were the Martins the Findlays the Whitings. The Otts the Turner family.
We left there in ‘61 and headed back to Nova Scotia roots. I finished high school there in Bedford NS. Went into RCAF in ‘66. Dad and a Mum went on to several years in the Militia after that.
Us as children had many fond memories of good old Camp Shilo. Never missed the cold and snow tho. Nor the gophers the flies or the grass hoppers. We the Chidren were Ernie, Myself (Bump) and Sister aGail and Roseanne and brother Guy and Clay and baby Brent.
I certainly remember those old ‘H’ hit PMQ’s.


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