No 22 Canadian Army Educational (Basic) Training Centre – North Bay (Class of Late 1941 - After Oct 17th)
Photo kindly provided by Yvan de Blois grandson and great nephew of QOR soldiers in photo. " My grandfather Eugene-Lomer de Blois (B64795) is in the back row 7th from left. My great uncle Stephen de Blois (B64794) is in the first row second from left. Both were from Cochrane, Ontario. They volunteered for service and in wanting to join the front lines took a train from Cochrane to Union Station in Toronto and joined the Queen's Own Rifles Regiment on 27SEP1941. Both of their military records indicate they were transferred from Toronto to North Bay on 17OCT1941 and stayed until 08JAN1942 and that is the information I used to date this photo. Following their stint in North Bay they were transferred to the Camp Borden A-10 Infantry (Advanced) Training Centre and months later were deployed to the United Kingdom.
They eventually stormed the beach at Berniere-sur-Mer (France) on D-Day June 6th, 1944. Their younger brothers Alexandre (Alex - QOR) and Wallingford (Wally - Navy) had also joined the war effort by that point. Stephen was killed by an enemy machine gun in Boulogne, France on 17SEP1944 at the age of 21 years"