Albert Brodrib

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 24, 1895

Born in London England


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59095 (temporary number 848)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Mary Brodrib, mother, of 269 Albert St, Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Plumber

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport, England and proceeded to West Sandling, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne, France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 22, 1915

During his Company’s 2nd day in the front line trench, Pte Brodrib received a gun shot wound that passed through his arm and travelled through his chest cavity and exited his back.  He was taken to the No 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Bayeux.


Sep 28, 1915

Transferred to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux then the same day was invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Egypt

Admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital at Wandsworth

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion while in hospital


Nov 12, 1915

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley


Dec 5, 1915

Medical Board at Bromley recommends that he be discharged for light duties only for 4 months, and that he then be returned to Canada for discharge from the CEF


Dec 6, 1915

Discharged to light duty with the 39th Reserve Battalion from hospital


Jan 21, 1916

For administrative purposes he was transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) but attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


May 27, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital at Shorncliffe with complications from his original wounds


Jan 4, 1917

Discharged from hospital and attached to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 10, 1917

For administrative purposes he was transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and remained attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion


May 12, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion


May 27, 1917

Transferred back to the 21st Battalion


May 28, 1917

Arrived at the No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 13, 1917

Left 2 CIBD to join the Battalion


Jun 14, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the huts at Coupigny, France, west of Lens


Nov 3, 1917

On the 2nd night after the 21st Battalion moved into the front line at Passchendaele, Pte Brodrib was killed during an enemy attack on their position near Crest Farm.  His body was never recovered from the battlefield and is commemorated on the panels of the Menin Gate at Ypres, Belgium.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll, and Memorial Cross were sent to his widowed mother, Mrs Mary Brodrib, at 220 Nepean St., Ottawa, Ontario


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