Canada in the Second World War


Lorenzo Tremblay

Lorenzo TREMBLAY (Joseph Arthur Lorenzo)
Born January 10, 1922 in Val-Brillant, Quebec
Son of Pierre Tremblay and Marianne Brochu
First marriage with Marie-Jeanne Chénard – Second marriage with Aurore Boudreau, November 1, 1997
Father of Raymond and Alain

Norman origins
Paternal:  Pierre Tremblay is from Randonnai, a small village in Perche, Normandy. The only family head of this name to come from France, he is the ancestor of all Tremblays in North America. His name is first mentioned in Quebec City in 1647. November 2, 1657 he married Ozanne Achon from Chambon, in La Rochelle diocese. He was 31 and she was 24. They farmed on the Beaupré coast in the area which later formed the “L’Ange Gardien” parish. Pierre Tremblay spent all his life working the land.

Lorenzo Tremblay attended primary and secondary school.

Military service
Serial number: E-42305
Final rank: Sergeant
On July 10, 1941, Lorenzo Tremblay enrolled in the Fusiliers du Saint Laurent. He had his military training at different bases in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. In 1943 he arrived in England with the Voltigeurs de Québec before joining the Régiment de la Chaudière in Hartley Row at the end of the summer. He landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944 and participated in the hell of the battle for Carpiquet. He fought the war as a member of a Bren Carrier Platoon. In 1944 Lorenzo Tremblay is promoted from private to sergeant due to his personal qualities and experience. He fought in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, spending 11 months in the line of fire. He returned to Canada in January 1946 and was demobilised on February 5, 1946.

Medals and decorations
1939-1945 Star
France-Germany Star
Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal (1939-45)

After the War
After he was demobilised in 1946, Lorenzo joined the Canadian National Railway (CNR). After some studies, he became a locomotive engineer until February 1951, when he took the same position with the mining company Iron Ore. He worked in the Cote Nord region of Quebec until his retirement in July 1985. 86 years old, Lorenzo Tremblay is still very active: he tends his garden, does handiwork, travels, etc.

In 2007, as he was portrayed in the exhibition “There and Back” at the Juno Beach Centre, Lorenzo Tremblay declared:

 “Like many Quebecers, I enrolled for adventure, to travel, and to help my family in a Quebec hard hit by misery. As well out of patriotism and solidarity. Perhaps I also felt the call to defend my French brothers. It is difficult to isolate a single factor which caused me to enlist. One could also consider the desire of the people of Quebec to liberate the motherland.
In 1647 at 21 years old, my ancestor Pierre left Normandy for a good cause: to go develop Quebec. In 1941 at 19 years old, I enrolled with a noble intention: the liberation of Normandy. Two Tremblays. Two stories. Two noble acts. Between the two: 300 years of history.”



Lorenzo Tremblay in Le Régiment de la Chaudière museum in Lévis, Quebec, October 20, 2007.


From right to left: Lorenzo Tremblay, Lieutnant Governor of Quebec Pierre Duchesne, Romuald Ouellet, Yvon Paré and Georges Isabelle.