Originally published May 6, 1942
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gallant of Virden have five sons on active service, another son who was discharged for medical reasons, a seventh son in the reserve army, and two nephews (sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Gallant of Virden) also serving. Four of the boys, Francis, Omer, Ern and Eli, enlisted with the Lord Strathcona Horse in 1940 and went overseas with the 2nd Armoured Regiment, 5th Division , in 1941. Omer, whose wife lives in Ontario, is now an instructor in radio mechanics. Ernest is also married and his wife and four children reside at Pilot Mound, Man. Also at Pilot Mound is Eli’s wife, and their two children. Wilfred enlisted with the R.C.O.C. in 1941, and is now at the Kingston, Ont. training center; his wife is in Saskatoon at present. Hubert, who also enlisted in 1940, with the Lake Superior Regiment, but was discharged for medical reasons in 1941; he is now on the staff at No. 19 E.F.T.S. Virden. Lawrence, who is under military age, is taking pre-enlistment training with the 12th Manitoba Dragoons here. Alfred and Arphis, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Gallant, are at Fort William and Camp Borden, Ont.