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In honour of our soldiers: Lyle Allison

By Samuel Cheng

Published 11:10 PDT, Fri May 12, 2023

In a series of Richmond’s ‘poppy’ street signs in memory of our fallen soldiers, we share the story behind Allison Court and Allison Street. 

Private Lyle Melburn Allison was born on April 24, 1924, in Elkhorn, Manitoba. Very little was known about his childhood and teenage years. However, it is shown in the records that Lyle worked as a farm labourer with an education grade-three level. 

Lyle lived with his parents, and three sisters: Audrey, Doreen, and Thelma. When he was in his 20s, his parents, Thomas and Florence Allison moved the family from Manitoba to Richmond in 1942. He settled in Richmond for about a year before enlisting in the armed forces on March 18, 1943.

Upon enlistment, he was sent to North Bay, Ontario for training under the infantry division. In addition to this, he participated in driver training courses in Woodstock, Ontario and Shilo, Manitoba before he was deemed ready to embark on overseas missions. 

Allison departed for England with the Canadian Army in April, 1944. Four months later, he was fatally wounded on Aug. 1, 1944 before he succumbed to his injuries, 11 days later. 

As a way to honour the sacrifices that Private Allison gave for his country, the city of Richmond named two streets under his name – Allison Court and Allison Street. 

They are located near Francis Road and No. 4 Road. The Poppy on the sign is to remember a brave soldier who fought for his country. 

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