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On this day in 1915, Philip Brant enlisted in Waterford, Ontario. He was born in Shannonville on May 20th, 1885 to Joshua Brant and Mary (née Hill), who were Mohawks.

Brant joined the 133rd Battalion with the regimental number 797517. He was five feet five and a half inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark hair. His service record shows that he sailed for England on October 30th, 1916. He was hospitalized for a month with influenza in December 1916 and January 1917. When he recovered, he was transferred to the 123rd Battalion which he joined in France in April 1917. He was moved to the 7th Battalion in the following month.

Philip Brant survived the war and returned to Canada in April 1919. He was demobilized in Toronto on May 9th, 1919. He married Martha Walker in Belleville on March 30th, 1920. In the 1921 census he and Martha were living in Brantford, Ontario, with their son and daughter. Philip died on June 2nd, 1922 following an operation for a lung disorder.  (His death registration names his mother as Annie Culbertson.)