Millhausen, Bill

Bill Millhausen was born on January 10, 1918 in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan.  He went to university, where he studied math and engineering and this led him on his World War Two path.  He became an engineer who built bridges in the war.  He was recruited by the head of CN rail, a World War 1 veteran.  Bill’s brother joined the Winnipeg Rifles band and was later put into a mortar team.  Bill was trained in Petawawa at one of the top engineer training centers and then sent to teach other people how build and demolish military items . After that he was sent on the Orion to Farnborough in England where he then traveled to various places in England and continued training. Bill was also sent to Italy, where he narrowly missed the battle of Ortona.  He was then sent all over Italy building bridges,  and rebuilding communities. After Italy he was sent to the Netherlands to be involved in its liberation.

We met Bill at Chartwell in September 2015, when he was interviewed for this project by Alexander McLeod, Will Paisly and Navid Sarshar.