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Transcript of Jean/John Brillant
By: Kirsten Bergmann
Jean Brillant was born on
March 15th 1890 in Assametguaghan, Quebec Canada
His former occupation was a telegraph operator for a rail way company.
May 27th-28th 1918 Jean Brillant commanded a group of volenteers to storm the enemy post. On their journey they had to cut the barbed wire and advance into a heavy fire .He came close to his goal he noticed some of the men where trying to flee, he caught up and mit itself four out of combat and captured the fifth which provides useful information, he was ingured that day but remained in combat.
For His bravery he recieved the military cross on September 16th 1918.
Jean Brillant had many wounds On Augest 8th 1918 Jean Brillant took an Assault only a machine gun that was fired at his left flank. Despite his ingury to his left arm, he refused to leave postition and went to battle the next day.
This time he commanded 2 platoons in a combat bayoent and gernade where he captured 150 prisioners. he was again wounded in the head but refused to leave his command.
Lieutenant Jean Brillant
Died on Augest 10th
1918 at the age of 28.
He is now buried at the:
VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY
The Victoria Cross
Brillant was in action on August 8, 1918, during the opening day of the Battle of Amiens
Jean Brillant died of his wounds two days later, and is buried in the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, which is roughly two kilometres north of the village, and 18 kilometres east of Amiens on the straight main road to St. Quentin
Jean joined the war at the age of 19. He enlisted with the 189th Battalion in September 1916, then was absorbed into the 69th (French Canadian) Battalion upon arrival in England.
The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries.
Brillant saw action during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917, but was in hospital a few days later with trench fever.
This is the sheet
that Jean had to fill out to enlist in the war.
Son of Joseph Brillant, of Rimouski, Quebec.
The Military Cross (MC) is the third-level military decoration awarded to officers and other ranks of the British Armed Forces; and formerly also to officers of other Commonwealth countries.
The late Lieut John Brillant V.C, M.C, Que. regt