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 Jean-Baptiste-Arthur Brillant

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Jean-Baptiste-Arthur Brillant

  • Birth 15 Mar 1890 Routhierville, Bas-Saint-Laurent Region, Quebec, Canada
  • Death 10 Aug 1918 Meharicourt, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
  • Burial Villers-Bretonneux, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
  • Plot Section VIA., plot B. 20
  • Memorial ID 8497992

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. A native of Assametquaghan, near Rimouski Québec, he joined the 22nd Battalion (now the Royal 22nd Regiment known also as the “Vandoos”)and was sent to France to fight with his unit. The highest military decoration was awarded posthumously to him for his actions on 8th/9th August, 1918 east of Maharicourt, near Amiens. An extract from "The London Gazette" No. 30922, dated September 27, 1918, recorded the following : "For most conspicuous bravery and outstanding devotion to duty when in charge of a company which he led in attack during two days with absolute fearlessness and extraordinary ability and initiative, the extent of the advance being twelve miles. On the first day of operations shortly after the attack had begun, his company's left flank was held up by an enemy machine gun. Lt. Brillant rushed and captured the machine-gun, personally killing two of the enemy crew. Whilst doing this, he was wounded but refused to leave his command. Later on the same day, his company was held up by heavy machine-gun fire. He reconnoitred the ground personally, organised a party of two platoons and rushed straight for the machine-gun nest. Here 150 enemy and fifteen machine-guns were captured. Lt. Brillant personally killing five of the enemy, and being wounded a second time. He had this wound dressed immediately, and again refused to leave his company. Subsequently this gallant officer detected a field gun firing on his men over open sights. He immediately organised and led a "rushing" party towards the gun. After progressing about 600 yards, he was again seriously wounded. In spite of this third wound, he continued to advance for some 200 yards more, when he fell unconscious from exhaustion and loss of blood. Lt. Brillant's wonderful example throughout the day inspired his men with an enthusiasm and dash which largely contributed towards the success of the operations." He Died of his wounds on the next day. He also held the Military Cross. VIA. B. 20.

Bio by: Guy Gagnon


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  • Originally Created by: Guy Gagnon
  • Added: 12 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8497992
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jean-Baptiste-Arthur Brillant (15 Mar 1890–10 Aug 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8497992, citing Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .