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  • Name: Jean Baptiste Arthur BRILLIANT
  • D.O.B: 15th Mar, 1890
  • D.O.A: 9th Aug, 1918
  • D.O.D: 10th Aug, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 22nd Battalion The Quebec Regiment, (Canadien Français), 5th Brigade, 2nd Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Near Wiencourt and Vrély, France 8-9 August 1918

8-9 August 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 8 August 1918, the first day of the Battle of Amiens (see above), 22nd Battalion The Quebec Regiment, from its position south of Villers-Bretonneux, took part in the Allied advance eastwards. West of Wiencourt, Lieutenant J Brillant distinguished himself by his gallantry in attacking two machine-gun positions. The following day as the advance carried the 22nd Battalion through Vrély to a position 500 yards east of Méharicourt, he led an attack on an enemy field gun.


 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 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 reconnoitered 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. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 September 1918. 27 September 1918, Numb. 30922, pp. 11429-30

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