Great Uncle Jean Philippe Gallant 1912-1995

Name: Jean Philippe Gallant
Birth Date: 2 Jun 1912
Baptism Date: 9 Jun 1912
Baptism Place: Mont Carmel, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Father: Gabien Gallant
Mother: Melonie Arsenault


My Great Uncle Philip was often referred to as Philip J. Gallant, although on his birth information he is formally Jean Philippe, born in 1912.

On the 1921 Census, he appears to be 9 years of age and he has a double ‘l’ in his name.

1921 Gallant Census Summerside PEI

He served along with his brothers when the huge war effort fell upon Summerside and it certainly seemed that absolutely every boy in town ‘signed up’.  Funny though, in reading the historical impact on the city of Summerside, nothing is mentioned of the Gallant boys.

106.001 - M.H.C.A. (Harold Linkletter) summerside

This is the home I will always remember.  I remember picking up little metal bingo chips after Bingo nights, out on the early morning streets.  I remember milk delivery to the house.  I remember putting my ear up against floor vents in an upstairs bedroom, waiting for my Mamie to come home.  I remember sitting with Papie in the front room, a wood stove going and potato pancakes frying up.  Tobacco smell and coffee.


Uncle Philip’s nickname was Zip…a common nickname for the east.

Thanks to my second cousin, Belinda, recently connecting with me through her husband, Lawrence’s work on Ancestry, I have been sent a couple of amazing photographs…first, Phillip some time in the 1940s.

Phillip Gallant

Belinda also forwarded me a photograph of Millie, her Grandmother, along with our Great Grandfather Gabriel.  Amazing stuff!  Thank you, so much, Belinda!

From Milton Mackinnon, Phillip (Zip) was an avid hockey fan.

someone with Nanny and greatgrandfather gabe gallant

Philip Gallant

He married Mildred Marie or Marie Mildred Blanchard on the 29th of December, 1937. Thanks to Belinda for providing me with a copy of Philip’s marriage certificate.

Philip Gallant marriage certificate

Their son, Wyman, appears in the family photo taken on the Steps of St. Paul’s Church at Mamie’s funeral in 1964.

Newspaper Article as it appeared Gallant Boys

Philip Military service


Philip is second from the left in the above photograph.

Pte. Philip J. Gallant served with the Reserve Army in Canada.  He enlisted in September, 1939 and was discharged in August, 1945.  He was 27 when he enlisted.  Now retired, He was formerly employed with the Town of Summerside.




Philip and Mildred Gallant Mamie's Funeral

Wyman (Philip’s son), Philip and Mildred Gallant (nee Blanchard)

OH!  I’ve just located Wyman’s sister, Sylvia, born in 1938, sadly, just recently deceased in 2013.  Other siblings are Cheryl, Marlene, Donna Lee, Philip and Gary.  I hope that I may connect with one of these and learn more about their father and mother.


Sylvia (Gallant) Roesch 1938-2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sylvia (Gallant) Roesch on the morning of January 24th ,2013 in her 75th year. Sylvia was a loving and devoted wife to the late Bud (Raymond) Roesch (1999). Sylvia was a loving mother who was always there for her children, son Brian, daughter Monica, son John and his wife Rhonda. Grandma will be sadly missed and forever cherished by her grandchildren Lucas, Miranda, Kasandra, Lindsay, Jonathon, Ryan and Adam. Great Grandma will also be missed and forever treasured by Amari, Hunter and Keegan. Sylvia is also survived by her siblings Cheryl, Marlene, Donna Lee, Philip, Wyman, Gary and their families. Also survived by her niece Lydia and Gerry Koable, their sons and families. Sylvia will be also missed by her many loving friends. Predeceased by her parents Mildred (Blanchard) and Philip (Zip) Gallant. To respect her wishes there will be no service. An interment of ashes will take place at a later time.