The Brydons

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Major Robert George Howie Brydon

Major Robert George Howie Brydon

Male 1891 - 1917  (25 years)

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  • Name Robert George Howie Brydon 
    Prefix Major 
    Born 25 Dec 1891  Kenora, Kenora Dist., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1901  Rat Portage, Kenora Dist., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 9 Apr 1917  Vimy Ridge, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lake Of The Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Kenora Dist., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1786  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2014 

    Father John Kerr Brydon,   b. 28 Jun 1847, , Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1930, Kenora, Kenora Dist., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Mary Charlotte Campton,   b. 30 Jun 1851, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1917, Kenora, Kenora Dist., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 10 Aug 1886  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F576  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Flora Mae McKelvie,   b. 19 Mar 1893, Brandon, RM Cornwallis, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1962, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 29 May 1916  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Dec 2012 
    Family ID F732  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Dec 1891 - Kenora, Kenora Dist., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1901 - Rat Portage, Kenora Dist., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 May 1916 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Apr 1917 - Vimy Ridge, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Lake Of The Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Kenora Dist., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Robert Brydon
    Robert Brydon

    son of John Kerr Brydon and Mary Campton

    Headstones
    Brydon
    Brydon
    John Campton Kerr Brydon

    photo by Murray Pletsch
    Robert George Howie Brydon
    Robert George Howie Brydon
    At the time of his death he was a major in charge of a company of men assaulting Vimy Ridge.
    Brydon
    Brydon

    on Flora May's headstone a remembrance of her husband

    photo by Tom Brydon
    102nd Canadian Infantry Memorial, Vimy France
    102nd Canadian Infantry Memorial, Vimy France
    Memorial erected near Vimy, France in July 1917
    Memorial erected near Vimy, France in July 1917

    Major R.G.H. Brydon's name at the top of the list on the right.

    Histories
    R.G.H. Brydon at Vimy
    R.G.H. Brydon at Vimy
    Commemorative plaque in Keewatin High School, Kenora
    Commemorative plaque in Keewatin High School, Kenora

    courtesy Erin Ross
    Letter from the front
    Letter from the front
    from Major Brydon to his parents

    courtesy Erin Ross
    Kenora Cenotaph
    Kenora Cenotaph

    courtesy Erin Ross

  • Notes 
    • He was a Lieutenant in charge of the Vancouver recruiting post.

      At the time of his death he was a major and commanded one of the four companies in the 102nd, the "North British Columbians"

      from the Colonist, 1917-06-01, p. 10 ....
      Maj Robert G H Brydon, Killed in Action, Vimy. Aged 25, was Civil Engineer before enlisting. Recommended for Military Cross at Regina Trench. Left Victoria with 102nd Battalion, widow resident of Vancouver.

      The 102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion assaulting on the right was commanded by Major A.B. Carey, who took over in February 1917. His four company commanders were Major R.G.H. Brydon and Lieutenants ].I?I. Wilson, E,]. Peers, and H.G. Dimsdale. The three lieutenants had all replaced majors who had commanded the companies prior to the assault, though the regimental history offers no explanation for these replacements. The battalion went over the parapets on time and immediately ran into resistance at the German front line trenches after successfully navigating the enemy wire. Here it suffered its first casualties, including Lieutenant Dimsdale, who was wounded in the hand and leg just moments after he had left his own trench. By 0640 hours other officers reported fierce resistance and heavy casualties inflicted by the 9th and 11th companies of the 261st Reserve Infantry Regiment, but the battalion had breached the final objective."' Still, no word on the situation had arrived from any of the other three assault company commanders and none would be coming. Major Brydon was killed leading his company and both Wilson and Peers were seriously wounded (Wilson later died of his wounds). Command of the battalion had by default fallen to Company-Sergeant-Major Russell of C Company who was holding a strongpoint at Broadmarsh crater with about 30 men from the 102nd Battalion. He was receiving increasingly heavy enemy fire from his front left where survivors from the Germans' 2nd and 3rd battalions, 261st Reserve Infantry Regiment, had linked up in the Bitter communication trench.

      See:
      First World War veterans honoured with cemetery tour
      By Brandon Logan, Kenora Daily Miner and News
      Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:57:32 EDT PM
      http://www.kenoradailyminerandnews.com/2014/08/23/first-world-war-veterans-honoured-with-cemetery-tour