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Jean Brillant

In memory of:

Lieutenant Jean Brillant

August 10, 1918

Military Service






Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)


22nd Battalion


An extract from 'The London Gazette' No. 30922, dated September 27, 1918, records 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. British War Medal, Victory Medal and George V Coronation Medal (1911).

Honours and Awards:

Victoria Cross

Military Cross

Additional Information


March 15, 1890
Assametguaghan, Quebec

Son of Joseph Brillant, of Rimouski, Quebec.

Commemorated on Page 374 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Jean Brillant is a recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Complete list of Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients

Burial Information

Grave Reference:



Villers-Bretonneux is a village 16 kilometres east of Amiens on the straight main road to St Quentin. The Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery is about 2 kilometres north of the village on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Biography– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me. From the Annie Boyes collection courtesy of the Simcoe County Archives.
  • Attestation Paper (front)
  • Photographs
  • War Diary– Extract from 22nd Battalion War Diary for August 1918
  • Photographs– John Brillant, V.C., M.C., Que. Regt
  • Biographical Information
  • Service Records (Front)
  • Service Records (back)
  • Service Records– Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Award Citation
  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames: Brabant to Britton. Mircoform Sequence 13; Volume Number 131829_B016722; Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 157 Page 765 of 906
  • Memorial– Lt. Jean Brillant V.C. memorial
Royal 22e Regiment
  • Cenotaph– Barrie Military Park, Canadian Victory Cross Recipients, Cenotaph
  • Gravemarker
  • Grave Marker
  • Grave marker

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