Monday 5 April 2010

Private Merrill Des Brisay

Born on 30 January 1895 in Wolsey, Saskatchewan - son of A. Des Brisay, Vancouver, British Columbia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as McGill student, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 7 inches, chest of 36 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, medium hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 5 March 1915 (number 411038) - taken on the strength of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1916 - wounded at Sanctuary Wood, Belgium, on 2 or 10 June 1916 - invalided to England in June 1916 - repatriated to Canada in November 1916 - discharged from the CEF in November 1917.

Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1917.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Anonymous, Record of Service 1914-1918: University of British Columbia, McGill British Columbia, Vancouver College (Vancouver: Lionel Ward & Company, Ltd., 1924), p.40)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on Private Merrill Des Brisay! Please note: the proper spelling of his last name is "Des Brisay".


Greg DesBrisay

Ken said...

My error, other records give "Brisey", but his signature on his attestation form clearing gives "Brisay". Many thanks for the quick correction. If you have any photos or other information on him, I'd love to hear from you.

Many thanks,