Arthur Brabant

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 11, 1892

Born in L’Orignal, Ontario to Theodule Ferdinand and Delina Elovie (nee Quesnel) Brabant


Dec 3, 1917

Medical performed under the MSA (Military Service Act) 1917 in Hawkesbury, Ontario and he was declared fit for service, but note made of a “slight flat foot”.


Jan 22, 1918

Drafted into active service in the 2nd Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment in Ottawa, Ontario under the MSA of 1917 

Ø      Number 3320437

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Delina Brabant, mother, of L’Orignal, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic 

It would appear that he could not write as his signature is an “X” and noted as “his mark”


Feb 12, 1918

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax, Nova Scotia


Feb, 25, 1918

Disembarked at Glasgow, Scotland and proceeded to Seaford, England.  On arrival in Seaford the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion


Jun 10, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 11, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 17, 1918

Arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St Vaast


Jun 22, 1918

Left the CC Rein C to join his unit


Jun 23, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in Divisional Reserve in Bettencourt, France and was assigned to “A” Company


Aug 6, 1918

During the night of August 5th-6th, the 21st Battalion was moving forward in preparation to launch an attack when Pte Brabant was killed by the explosion of a 5.9 inch German artillery shell.

Longueau British Cemetery
Somme France


Above is from the January 1938 issue of the Communiqé, the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter describing how Pte Brabant met his death, and below is from the Battalion's War Diary



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Delina Brabant, at L’Orignal, Ontario.

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, T. Brabant, at the same address 


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