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Randall Brant, a farmer, signed up on this day in 1916 in Deseronto. He was born in Tyendinaga on January 22nd, 1896, the son of David Brant and Susan (née Maracle), who were both Mohawks.

Brant enlisted in the 155th Battalion with the regimental number 636593. He had previously served in the 49th Regiment. He was five feet ten and a quarter inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.

Randall’s service record shows that he arrived in England on October 28th, 1916 and went to France with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles. He was wounded several times, the first by accident when he shot himself in the left foot on April 18th, 1917. For this he was given 42 days of Field Punishment No. 1 for “conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline”.

Brant rejoined his unit in France in September 1917 and suffered his second injury on October 27th, when he received a gun shot wound to the scalp. He was wounded again in August and in September 1918. He returned to Canada on the RMS Olympic in March 1919. He was demobilized in Kingston with the rank of Lance Corporal on May 2nd, 1919.

Randall Brant married Emmeline Barnhart on November 15th, 1922 in Tyendinaga.

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