Rankin's interior 1948, 81 Ontario St. Stratford-Perth Archives
Rankin chocolates Brian Wendy Reis
I'll meet you at Rankin's
170 Douglas St.
The Rankin house
Frank Rankin, hockey star
Private George Leslie Rankin. Photo: Operation:PictureMe
George Leslie Rankin, Army, WW1.
Private George Leslie Rankin (1893-1916) died in battle during WW1 in Belgium in 1916 at the age of 23. He was the youngest of eight sons of Joseph and Katherine Rankin. Unlike his brothers, he was not involved in sports.
The Toronto Star reported, according to a wire from Ottawa, that Rankin was killed in action on April 7, 1916 during the battle of St. Eloi. Though he was born and grew up on Stratford, he enlisted from Fort William and went overseas in May 1915 as part of the second contingent. He went into the trenches in September 1915 and until his death he had been on the firing line.
Private Rankin had worked at Stratford City Hall for some months before going to Fort William where he was employed in the office of the Lake Clearance Shipping Association. Source: The Toronto Star April 20, 1916.
Private Rankin was part of the 28 Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Saskatchewan Regiment of the Canadian Army.
Addendum: Not only is his death mentioned on the family gravestone, Private Rankin has a memorial in the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium. Source: PVT George Leslie Rankin (1893-1916) - Find a Grave Memorial; George Leslie Rankin - The Canadian Virtual War Memorial - Veterans Affairs Canada; RANKIN, G L - Private (canadianfallen.ca)
Handley Page bomber
Roy Douglas Ford, RCAF
Roy Douglas Ford (1920-1944) lived at 46 Rankin St. His British-born parents were William Ernest, 1890-1972; and Mabel Annie (Reyss) Ford, 1890-1985. William was a finisher in the Stratford Chair Co. in the 1930s.
His plane took off at 23:31 hours for a bombing operation against the military camp at Leopoldsburg in Limburg. The aircraft was hit at night by German fighter pilot Feldwebel Hans-Eugen von Gienanth (credited with 10 victories) of the 11./NJG 1, night fighter squadron who was flying a Bf 110 G-4 War Thinder from St. Trond airfield.
When Ford's plane plunged and collided in air with Halifax MZ295 of 429 Squadron. All 14 crew members died. The men from both crews are buried in the Baisy-Thy Communal Cemetery and the Heverlee War Cemetery at Leuven, Belgium.
427 Lion Squadron
This plaque pays respect to the seven crew members of Halifax LV831, piloted by Frank Devereaux, RCAF; and seven crew members Halifax MZ295. piloted by Carmen Ross, RCAF. Location. Baisy-Thy, Belgium
Both aircraft, Halifax III LV831 and Halifax III MZ295, had the same mission, namely an attack on a German military base in Leopoldsburg, Belgium. Following a mid-air collision the two Halifax bombers, crashed in the Baisy-Thy area of Belgium. All crew members (seven in each aircraft) died at 0230 hours (2:30 am) on May 28, May 1944, and were buried in Baisy-Thy Communal Cemetery. See list of names Crews