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Phillip Joseph Blanchard  Rank: Private Regiment   West Nova Scotia Regiment, R.C.I.C. Service No: F/40659 Date of Birth: April 18, 1921 Place of Birth: Springhaven, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Enlistment: October 31, 1939 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 18 Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Complexion: Dark Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown Weight: 128 lbs. Trade: Labourer Martial Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of KIn: Albanie M. Blanchard (Father) Springhaven Born on April 18, 1921 in Spring Haven, Nova Scotia, Phillip was the son of Albanie and Ester Blanchard. Phillip’s mother died on February 7, 1936 and his father remarried a widow, Julienne Muise, who had two sons, and two daughters. Phillip had four brothers Raymond, Ambroise, Nelson, and Maurice and three sisters Celeste, Loretta, and Janet.  A fifth brother, Edward died on February 21, 1936.  His two half-brothers were Louis Muise and Jean Baptiste Muise. Following basic training, Phillip was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Brigade, West Nova Scotia Regiment and was part of the allied advance through Italy.  He was wounded in action on May 23 and died the following day, May 24, 1944. Five members of the combined family would serve their country during World War II. Phillip enlisted in the Army in 1939, as did his brother Raymond. Two years later his brother Ambroise also enlisted and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. In May, 1942 their youngest brother Nelson enlisted in the Army. His half-brothers were also in the military. Louis served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and Jean served in the Royal Canadian Army. Date of Death: May 24, 1944 Age at Death: 23 Grave Reference: XIII. F. 8. Cemetery: Cassino War Cemetery (Italy) The 11th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 252 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 27 Wartime Heritage notes: Phillip Blanchard was featured in the 440 Production, Time to Remember – Songs and Stories of the War Years (2003-2004). See:  A Note To Herbert - Corporal Phillip Blanchard  (3rd Infantry Brigade, West Nova Scotia Regiment) Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada    
Phillip Joseph Blanchard