Albert Bruno

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 2, 1899

Born in Montreal, Quebec


Apr 6, 1917

Attested into the 252nd Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario

Ø      Number 1087309

Ø      Next of kin given as Joseph Desroches, cousin, 71 La Roux Lane, Montreal, Quebec (should read 71 Rue Leroux)

o       In his will he indicates that this is a friend

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival there, the entire Battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for training


Mar 28, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 29, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 50 reinforcements from England, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 3, 1918

Joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart as part of a draft of 98 reinforcements destined for the 21st Battalion


Apr 8, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Wailly, France as part of a draft of 44 reinforcements to the Battalion and was assigned to “A” Company


Jul 24, 1918

Sentenced to 7 days of Field Punishment No. 1 for being insolent and dirty on parade


Aug 6, 1918

During the night of August 5th-6th, the 21st Battalion was moving forward in preparation to launch an attack when Pte Bruno 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 Bruno met his death, and below is from the Battalion's War Diary



Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to Joseph Desrochers, 71 Leroux Lane, Montreal, Quebec.

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Charles Bruno, at the same address


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