The Allard One-Name Study

Allard, Rhéal "Ray" Edward

Male 1917 - 1944  (27 years)


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  • Name Allard, Rhéal "Ray" Edward  [1, 2
    Nickname Ray 
    Born 6 Apr 1917  Stafford Township, Renfrew, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Christened 7 Apr 1917  Pembroke, Renfrew, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Baptised by JJ McIvernay in St. Colombkille Cathedral as Edward Réal Allard but his parents preferred the spelling Rhéal, with Edward as a second name. Known more commonly as Ray.
    Gender Male 
    God Father 7 Apr 1917  [3
    Ovila Gauthier 
    God Mother 7 Apr 1917  [3
    Louise Larivière, wife of Ovila Gauthier 
    Census 1 Jun 1921  Chapleau, Algoma East, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Azarie Allard, Head, M, 49, Married, born in Qu Canadian, French, Catholic, Wood contractor - Parents born in Québec, Speaks English & French
      Annie Allard, Wife, F, 37, Married, born in Qu Canadian, French, Catholic - Parents born in Québec, Speaks English & French
      Alice Allard, Daughter, F, 15, Single, born in Ontario , Canadian, French, Catholic - Attended school, Speaks English & French
      Yvonne Allard, Daughter, F, 13, Single, born in Ontario , Canadian, French, Catholic - Attended school, Speaks English & French
      Beatrice Allard, Daughter, F, 12, born in Ontario , Canadian, French, Catholic - Attended school, Speaks English & French
      Onitta Allard, Daughter, F, 10, born in Ontario , Canadian, French, Catholic - Attended school, Speaks English & French
      Idamay Allard, Daughter, F, 8, born in Ontario , Canadian, French, Catholic - Attended school, Speaks English & French
      Leonara Allard, Daughter, F, 6, born in Ontario , Canadian, French, Catholic - Attended school, Speaks English & French
      Rheal E. Allard, Son, M, 4, born in Ontario , Canadian, French, Catholic - Speaks English & French
      Roméo Allard, Son, M, 1, born in Ontario , Canadian, French, Catholic
      Cecilia Allard, Daughter, F, 8 mo, born in Ontario , Canadian, French, Catholic
    Employment 1937  Port Arthur, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Bonin, Dobie, Jackson Ins. 
    Residence 1937  Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    206 S. Marks Street, Fort William 
    Employment 1938  Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Salesman, Robert Simpson Co. 
    • Sales clerk
    Military Service Aug 1937-Oct 1938  Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Naval Reserve 
    Residence 1939  Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    434 Wiley Street 
    Employment 29 Oct 1942  Hove, Sussex, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    H.M. Forces 
    Residence 29 Oct 1942  Hove, Sussex, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Burwash Common 
    Military Service 10 Nov 1943  [7
    Lieutenant, Canadian Infantry Corps 
    Military Service Dec 1939-Aug 1944  [4
    Canadian Army in Canada, England and France 
    Alt. Death 24 Aug 1944  [2
    In the field (France) 
    Name Edward Réal Allard  [3
    Name Edward Rheal Allard  [2
    Name Rheal E. Allard  [5
    Religion Roman Catholic  [3, 5
    Died 24 Aug 1944  Brionne, Haute-Normandie, FRANCE Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Cause: Military action 
    • Killed in action with 13 Bn, South Saskatchewan Regiment while on a reconnaissance patrol after a series of battles to take Falaise and close the 'Falaise gap'.
    Buried 5 Oct 1946  Bretteville-sur-Laize, Basse-Normandie, FRANCE Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Initially buried in Aug 1944 in a combat zone cemetery in Orbec "on the left hand side of the road". Reburied in 1946 in the Canadian Military Cemetery at Bretteville-sur-Laize, just south of Caen: Grave 12, Row H, Plot 17.
    Person ID I2130  CanadaAllards
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2017 

    Father Allard, Azarie,   b. 11 Aug 1871, L'Isle-aux-Allumettes, Pontiac, Québec, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1967, Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Mother Larivière, Anne Georgiana,   b. 30 Nov 1884, L'Isle-aux-Allumettes, Pontiac, Québec, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1971, Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 19 Feb 1905  Sturgeon Falls, Nipissing, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    • Although they married in Sturgeon Falls, Azarie and Annie met on Allumette Island, where they were neighbours many years earlier. He often recounted stories of "bouncing her on his knee" when he was a young lad (she would have been a baby at the time). They married after a whirlwind three-week romance in Sturgeon Falls where Annie was working. Most of the children were born in Chapleau and considered that their home through much of their youth. The older girls went to high school in North Bay and were anxious to leave Chapleau due to a lack of opportunities. The family moved to Fort William about 1930 and turned their sawmill operations over to a partner. They lost the mill shortly after in the Depression and remained in Thunder Bay area for the rest of their lives, as did many of their children and grandchildren. [8]
    _STAT Abt 1937 
    Separated 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Felton, Joyce Evelyn,   b. 9 Nov 1918, Enfield, Middlesex, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1989, Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 29 Oct 1942  Hove, Sussex, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Married in The Old Church, Hove.
    Residence 1943-1945  Hove, Sussex, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    81 Goldstone Crescent 
    Children 
    +1. Allard, Edward John
     2. Allard, Michael Rheal,   b. 10 Nov 1943, Hove, Sussex, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1943, Hove, Sussex, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [biological]
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Apr 1917 - Stafford Township, Renfrew, Ontario, CANADA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 7 Apr 1917 - Pembroke, Renfrew, Ontario, CANADA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Jun 1921 - Chapleau, Algoma East, Ontario, CANADA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployment - Bonin, Dobie, Jackson Ins. - 1937 - Port Arthur, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 206 S. Marks Street, Fort William - 1937 - Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployment - Salesman, Robert Simpson Co. - 1938 - Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Naval Reserve - Aug 1937-Oct 1938 - Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 434 Wiley Street - 1939 - Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployment - H.M. Forces - 29 Oct 1942 - Hove, Sussex, ENGLAND Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Burwash Common - 29 Oct 1942 - Hove, Sussex, ENGLAND Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Oct 1942 - Hove, Sussex, ENGLAND Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Military action - 24 Aug 1944 - Brionne, Haute-Normandie, FRANCE Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 81 Goldstone Crescent - 1943-1945 - Hove, Sussex, ENGLAND Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 5 Oct 1946 - Bretteville-sur-Laize, Basse-Normandie, FRANCE Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    2LT R.E. Allard
    2LT R.E. Allard
    Taken upon graduation from Officer Training
    2Lt Rhéal Allard
    2Lt Rhéal Allard

  • Notes 
    • His birth in Pembroke indicates that the family settled in Pembroke after the Cochrane fire for a time (see note for elder sister Anita). Apparently his father tried farming for a bit but was unimpressed. After Romeo's birth in 1919, the family returned to Chapleau and his father acquired the lumber mill in Mobert, making railroad ties. After the mill folded about 1930, the family relocated to Fort William, but had little income. Ray lived with Yvonne to help mother make ends meet. He went to Fort William Collegiate with his brother, Romeo. He began his working life as an appliance salesman at Marshall Wells furniture and appliance store in Port Arthur. He enlisted in the Cdn army (Regular) on 22 Sep 1939 in Fort William and went to Camp Aldershot in Nova Scotia for initial training. On 18 Dec 1939 he departed Halifax for England. He served as a medic with 4th Field Ambulance in and around Aldershot (another Camp Aldershot, but this one was in England), and Brighton, on England's south coast, until spring 1943. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Medical Corps, marrying in the interim. He was sent back to Canada in the spring of 1943 for officer training at Gordon Head near Victoria, BC (the University of Victoria is currently on the site) and later in Shilo, Manitoba. He returned to England in Sep 1943 as a 2nd lieutenant (general list infantry). On 26 Jul 1944, he was assigned from the general list to the Canadian Scottish Regiment and embarked with them for France 31 Jul. He was re-assigned to the South Saskatchewan Regiment on 8 Aug 1944 and saw action in the battle for Falaise 10-18 Aug. He was killed in action 24 Aug, one of 2 casualties in the regiment that day near Brionne, about halfway between Falaise and Rouen. Apparently he was on a recce and sunlight reflecting off his glasses gave him away and provided a target for a sniper.
    • (Medical):Appendectomy in 1937. Diagnosed in 1937 with slight amblyopia of both eyes; hence, he wore glasses most of the time. Otherwise, believed to be in sufficiently good health to manage a demanding military routine. [4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2747] England, Index of Marriages, 1837-1983, General Register Office, (online - www.FreeBMD.org), Hove, Dec 1942, Vol 2b, Page 593, Entry 88; original certificate D052848; Rheal Edward Allard & Joyce Evelyn Felton, 13 May 2015.

    2. [S2855] Ontario Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947, RG 80-21, (Toronto, ON: Archives of Ontario), MS 944, Reel 7, Page 4517, #705429; Edward Rheal Allard, 16 Dec 2014.

    3. [S8] Church register for St Colombkille (St Columban) Catholic Cathedral, Pembroke, ON, 1856-1943, (online - Ancestry.com: Québec Vital and Church records 1621-1967; [Original data] Institut Généalogique Drouin), Vol 1915-1923, Page 95, Baptism #50; Edward Real Allard, 10 Feb 2014.

    4. [S242] Canada - Service Files of the Second World War - War Dead, 1939-1947, (Ottawa, ON: Public Archives of Canada, 1947), MSR 7157-7., Ref R112, Vol 30506, Item 41840, Service No V16012; Lt Rhéal Edward Allard, 21 Mar 2002.

    5. [S2724] Sixth Census of Canada, 1921, Schedule B - personal population data, (Ottawa, ON: Library and Archives Canada, 2013; online - Ancestry.com), Chapleau, Algoma East, Ontario, Page 14, Line 28, dwelling 132, Rheal E. Allard;.

    6. [S242] Canada - Service Files of the Second World War - War Dead, 1939-1947, (Ottawa, ON: Public Archives of Canada, 1947), MSR 7157-7., Ref R112, Vol 30506, Item 41840, Service No V16012; Lt Rhéal Edward Allard, 22 Mar 2002.

    7. [S2744] England, Index of Births, 1837-1983, General Register Office, (online - www.FreeBMD.org), Hove, Dec 1943, Vol 2b, Page 360, Entry 198; original certificate D431888; Michael Rheal Allard, 7 Dec 2003.

    8. [S251] Interview 13 Jul 1989 concerning recollections of family in Chapleau, ON and Pembroke dating back to 1920s, 30s. Compiler's notes., Romeo Allard.

    9. [S579] Church register for Sacré-Coeur Catholic parish, Sturgeon Falls, ON, 1891-1967, (online - Ancestry.com: Ontario French Catholic Church records 1747-1967; [Original data] Institut Généalogique Drouin), Marriage Register, Vol 1891-1941, Page 21, Entry 5; Azarie Allard & Annie J. Larivière, 29 Oct 2017.

    10. [S402] Moyen-Nord Ontarien, Vol 4: Répertoire des mariages, Crystal Falls, Sturgeon Falls, 1883-1983, Julien Hamelin & Narcisse Courchesne, (Ottawa, ON: Centre de Généalogie s.c., 1984), M.Ont 28-12., Page 1; Azarie Allard & Annie Larivière, 25 Apr 1993.