Ralph Howard BoutilierPetty Officer StokerA/4681Royal Canadian Naval ReserveHMCS Valleyfield November 5, 1915Bedford, Nova ScotiaMay 26, 1941Montreal, QuebecMay 7, 194429Halifax MemorialCommemorated on page 255 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 29Petty Officer Stoker Ralph Howard Boutilier was the son of of Allen Foster (1892-1961) and Sarah Marshall (Crawford) Boutilier (1894-1979), of Windsor, Nova Scotia. His father was born in Waverly, Halifax Co., NS; his mother, in Westertoun, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His brother, Martin Boutilier (1917-1979) served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII.Ralph lived in Nova Scotia until the age of 18 and then moved to Cornwall, Ontario. He was married Mary Ellen Adams in Cornwall on July 24, 1936. Prior to his enlistment he was employed as a bookkeeper. He joined the Navy in 1941 and was assigned to the crew of HMCS Valleyfield on December 8, 1943. He was missing and presumed dead when the ship was torpedoed and sunk by enemy action in the Atlantic.