Matthew Brant signature

On this day in 1915, Matthew Brant signed up in Kingston. He had been born in Deseronto on March 25th, 1891, the son of Cornelius Brant and Catherine (née Maracle), members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

Brant joined the 59th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the regimental number 455599. When he enlisted, he was described as five feet seven inches tall, with a fair complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. His service record shows that he left Halifax for England on April 5th, 1916. In August 1916 he was treated for an infection and he joined the 21st Battalion in France on October 14th, 1916. On August 14th, 1917 he was wounded in the left ankle by a shell: a fragment of the shell was removed from his ankle and he recovered in hospital in England, being discharged in October. He spent the rest of the war in England in a reserve battalion.

Matthew Brant arrived back in Canada on April 20th, 1919 and was demobilized at Kingston four days later.