The Allain Family

la famille Allain


(Marcel George Bihet married Marie-Josephine Allain)


Yves Marie Allain was born in Plouha, near Saint Brieuc, Côtes du Nord 28 July 1851.    His father was Noël Allain (aged 28 at time of Yves birth) - a sailor ("matelot") - and his mother was  Françoise Trèhiou  (born Pludual.  Aged 31 at time of Yves birth.  Her father was François Tréhiou).

Yves married Marie Françoise Hélary (born 30 August 1854), a 'cuttirateur' (?), in Plouha on 11 September 1875Her father was Yves Hélary, labourer, born in Pléguieu.  The Allain family left the village of Plouha, Côtes du Nord (now Côtes d'Armor), Brittany, and moved to Guernsey (sometime between 1891 & 1900).   Yves worked as a labourer in Guernsey.

Many families left Plouha for Guernsey during that time, as there was little work there.  (The majority that left moved to Canada and the United States)

At that time there was a large French community in Guernsey.  Most of them worked as farm or quarry labourers, or had stalls at the town markets - many of them lived nearby. 

The children were:

Yves Allain    born 23 July 1876

Pierre Marie Allain (see below)    born 24 September 1879

Marie Anne Allain    born 30 June 1878

Marie Auguste Allain     born 4 June 1881

Auguste Marie Allain     born 4 June 1883

Marie-Josephine    born 17 June 1888 in Plouha (10pm!)    Died 31 August 1964 Guernsey

Those are the entries I found for Yves & Marie Françoise Allain (la Mairie, Plouha) but my father remembers his Mum (Marie Josephine) talking about only Pierre and:

'Jean' - moved back to France - probably fought in WWI - fate unknown  (?Yves)

'Louise'  - married Captain le Long - 4 or 5 children  (Anne?)

The fate of the others in unknown, but as they were not talked about, perhaps they died in infancy  (my grandmother was the youngest of her siblings, and therefore would have no memory - or perhaps knowledge - of them)

This war memorial in Plouha contains the names of Yves Allain,  Hélary & Tréhiou

Yves died 4 January 1907 at the Castel Hospital, Guernsey at the age of 55 ("maladie de coeur"). He was buried 4 days later at Saint Sampson in a public grave - his may have been one of those who fell into the quarry many years later. (There is also a chapelle of Saint Samson in Plouha)

Marie Françoise later married Jean Michoux, and died 11 February 1946 at the age of 92 (coma and cardiac failure) at Les Côtils.   She is buried at le Foulon Cemetery, Guernsey, with her daughter Marie-Josephine and son-in-law Marcel George Bihet


Pierre was born in  Plouha 24 September 1879.   He married Mélanie, then later joined the 355 Regiment d'Infanterie (of France), 6  Corps d'Armée, 127 Division during the First World War.  He died on 4 October 1917.  He was awarded the Medaille Militaire, and la Croix du Guerre. 

Photo of Pierre and Mélanie

Carte Postale sent by Pierre to Mélanie 8 October 1915

Photo of Medaille Militaire

Citation   Medaille Militaire

Photo of la Croix de Guerre

Citation la Croix de Guerre

My father - André Pierre Joseph Bihet - son of Marie-Josephine (and Marcel George Bihet), and nephew of Pierre, remembers travelling to Saint Malo with his mother, to visit his tant Mélanie.  They walked from the ferry, across locks, to Saint Servan (Saint Malo) where Mélanie was then living.  Pierre and Mélanie had no children together.

About the Medaille Militaire (french)            English Version

About la Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 (french)           English Version



born 1888 in Plouha            Birth Certificate (very damaged)

married Auguste Marie Perrot (son of François Perrot) on February 25 1905 at the age of 16, and together they had 2 children.  They lived on Delancey Hill, St Sampsons, Guernsey.  Auguste died at the age of 27 (on 5 January 1911).   Details of his death here.      Part of a death certificate

Charles Perrot  m. Gabrielle who died whilst giving birth to Joan (m. Les Williams, 4 children: Julie, David, Cheryl & Neil),  Charles later married Ruth

Yvonne Perrot m. Ernest Rault - one daughter Patricia (m. Roly Kite)

After being widowed, Marie-Josephine married Yves Marie Michoux (on 14 June 1913), with whom she had another 2 children

Florence Yvette Michoux (b. 9 September 1914) m. Jules Duceillier  (Dec 1935) - one daughter Marguerite (m. Mike Tostevin 4 children:  Denise, Steven, Adrian & Andrew)

Louise Michoux m. Arthur Totty - children - Michael (m. Susan Parsons, 3 children: Neil, Martin, Naomi), Yvonne  (3 children: Marie, Mark, Shane), Patricia (m. Maurice Ogier, 3 children: Karen, Maria, Michelle, then 2 more children with Dudley Boscher:  Dudley, Lester)

Again widowed (in 1917),  Marie-Josephine married Marcel George Bihet on 28 March 1921

Marriage Cerficate

They had 3 children

John Marcel Bihet    22.1.1922  - 24.12.1989

Thérèse Bihet    24.3.1926 - 18.12.1974

André Pierre Joseph Bihet   b. 28.1.1928

Their story is told on the Marcel's page


Marie-Josephine died on 31 August 1964 (aged 76) in the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey (heart failure & mesenteric vascular occlusion).   She is buried at le Foulon Cemetery with her husband, Marcel George Bihet, and her mother.     Copy of Burial Plot purchase 1946


According to there are 6 Allain families (telephone directory entries) in Plouha, and a total of 433 throughout the departement - Côtes d'Armor.  Infobel also provides information for 2 Hélary families in Plouha

If anyone can offer any more information about the Allain family, please e-mail me

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