Martin H. Reynard

Private Martin H. Reynard, B114490
Oshawa, Ontario
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

Birth place and date: Martin was born in Bobcageon, ON on 11 April 1924.

Home town: Martin grew up in Oshawa, ON.

Religion: Martin was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Occupation: Before the war, Martin served as a labourer.

Marital Status: Martin was never married or had any children.

Next of kin: Martin’s next of kin was his mother, Effie Reynard.

Date and location of enlistment: Martin enlisted on 17 June 1942 in Toronto, ON.

Medals: Martin was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM and Clasp.

Burial location: Martin is buried at the Bayeux Memorial in France. He was 20 years old when he died.

Student’s final reflection:

I am overwhelmed with sadness and gratitude beyond belief. It is because of Martin’s bravery and courage that I am able to have my freedom in a country I am so proud to call my home, and for that I will be forever grateful.

Martin left home at the age of 18 years old to join the military. He left behind his mother Effie and his father Howard.

I want to say thank you to Martin for his courage and bravery that helped make this wonderful country what it is today. May he always know the contributions he made during such a horrific war and may his actions never go unnoticed. Rest in Peace.

Written by: Regan Mahon, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:
Regan Mahon, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

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