Canada in the Second World War

People

Aubin Joseph Gallant

Aubin Joseph Gallant (1912- 1999)

Aubin Gallant was born in 1912 in Union Corner, Prince Edward Island. At the age of 13, following his father’s death, he left school to work on the family farm. He married in 1939 and his first son was born that year. Aubin enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1942. He was assigned to 18th Field Company, RCE, and subsequently spent 20 months training in England.

Aubin landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, where his mission was to clear beach obstacles. With 18th Field Company, he went on to participate in the battles of Carpiquet, Caen, Falaise and Calais. In September 1944, Aubin learned that he was being released from overseas service on compassionate grounds: his wife had been ill due to the physical and psychological strain of having so many loved ones serving, wounded or lost during the war, and her doctor recommended that Aubin be repatriated. He returned to Canada in November 1944 and was discharged in May 1945.

After the war, Aubin, like many veterans, rarely discussed his wartime experiences, yet six of his 12 children would go on to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces.