Private Frederick Bratt (Regimental/Service #127315/249895), first enlisted on January 13, 1915 in Galt, Ontario with the 34th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). He was born in Newcastle, England on July 1, 1893. At the time of his enlistment, he was not married and he worked as a painter/labourer. He listed his next of kin as James and Margaret Bratt (parents) of RR#3 Hespeler Road, Galt. He listed his religion as Church of England. Frederick served with the 34th Battalion for several months and was later transferred to the 71st Battalion, CEF in October 1915. His wartime records indicate that on January 31, 1916, he was recommended for discharge/transfer from "Base" Company 71st Battalion, CEF in Woodstock, ON.
He re-enlisted on September 5, 1916 in Toronto with the 208th Battalion, CEF. His unit embarked from Halifax May 3, 1917 aboard the HMS Justicia and arrived in Liverpool, England on May 14, 1917. He served with the 12th and 8th Reserve Battalions prior to being transferred to the 102 Battalion, CEF (2nd Central Ontario Regiment) upon his arrival in France on February 16, 1918.
Frederick was wounded August 17, 1918 and was killed in action September 27, 1918 during the Hundred Days Offensive at the closing stages of the war. He was 26 years of age. He is laid to rest at Bourlon Wood Cemetery in France. Grave Reference: II. E. 6.
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Bratt, Fred James
Son of Mrs. James Bratt, R.R. No.3 Hespeler Rd., Galt.
Was killed in action September 25, 1918.
He did not enlist in this county.
He had been in France eight months.