Matthew John Brandon


Mar 1, 1880

Born in Coldwater, Ontario to Thomas and Jane (nee Henderson) Brandon


Nov 9, 1910

Married to Elizabeth Jalland in Ottawa, Ontario.  His occupation on the marriage license is listed as Teamster


May 15, 1916

Attested into the 207th Battalion in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Number 246296

Ø      Next of kin given as Elizabeth Jalland Brandon, wife, 424 Gloucester St., Ottawa, Ontario

o       This was later changed to read 244 Bay St., Ottawa

Ø      Previous occupation given as Painter

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3 years in the 43rd DCOR (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles)

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

Initial training was carried out in the Rockcliffe Camp, but on January 18, moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia for further training.


May 28, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Seaford where they were absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion


Jul 26, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay


Sep 12, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request and transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 42 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 26, 1917

Left the CIBD to join the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Sep 27, 1917

Joined the CCRC in Villers au Bois


Nov 10, 1917

Attended the No. 58 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for dental treatment and returned to duty the same day


Jan 5, 1918

Noted in the file as “Still with CCRC”


Feb 22, 1918

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion and transferred to the CCRC.

There is no record in the file that indicates that Private Brandon ever physically joined the 21st Battalion.  It appears that he was on their strength for pay purposes only.


Mar 15, 1919

Granted 14 days leave to England


Apr 3, 1919

SOS the CCRC and posted to the CGBD (Canadian General Base Depot)


Apr 21, 1919

Proceeded to England


Apr 22, 1919

TOS the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and detailed to the Depot Company in Seaford


May 14, 1919

TOS MD #3 Wing at Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


May 20, 1919

Embarked the HMT Regina in Liverpool


May 28, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


May 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 192296

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 276 Nepean St., Ottawa

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals (below) were sent to him at 380 Chople St., Ottawa, Ontario


Feb 21, 1920

His wife, Elizabeth, died in the St. Luke’s Hospital, Ottawa, of Septicemia (Blood Poisoning)


Mar 28, 1921

Married to Grace Hummel in Ottawa.  He gave his occupation on the marriage license as an agent for the Imperial Oil Company.  It was a second marriage for both of them.

Matthew and Grace lived at 380 Chapel Street, Ottawa.  Grace died September 24, 1954, and was buried in the Beechwood Cemetery along with her first husband, George Hummel.


Aug 28, 1964

Mathew Brandon died in Ottawa and was buried in the Beechwood Cemetery.


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