A Memorial Cross to the Wentworth Battalion
(784351. Pte L.W. BRADT.). Naming is officially engraved. Dark patina, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records and Discharge Certificates, along with assorted research papers. Footnote: Louis Wellesley Bradt was born on June 4, 1882 in Hamilton, Ontario, the son of Louis Peter Bradt and Harriet Bradt of Casselman, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 129th Infantry Battalion "Wentworth Battalion", on March 4, 1916 in Dundas, Ontario, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Nancy E. Bradt of Rural Route No. 4, Hamilton, stating that he had two years' previous service with the 5th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards and as a Corporal (later Sergeant) from 1912-1914 with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada in Toronto, Ontario, that he was married and that his trade was that of Farmer. The Battalion was raised in the County of Wentworth, Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Dundas, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 21, 1916 aboard the S.S. Olympic, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.E.S. Knowles with a strength of 32 officers and 807 other ranks, arriving in Liverpool, England on the 30th. He was appointed Acting Sergeant upon his departure for Europe. In England, the Battalion was broken up and absorbed into the 123rd and 124th Infantry Battalions and the 12th Reserve Battalion. In Bradt's case, he was transferred to the 123rd Infantry Battalion on October 18, 1916 and reverted to the rank of Acting Corporal at Bramshott. He reverted to his permanent grade at his own request on February 12, 1917 at Witley. Two months later, he was transferred to the 3rd Reserve Battalion at Witley on April 21, 1917. Four weeks later, Bradt was transferred to the 4th Infantry Battalion for overseas service in the French theatre on May 17, 1917, arriving at the Canadian Base Depot on the 18th and joining his unit on the 23rd. He was awarded one Good Conduct Badge on March 4, 1918. Upon the ceasing of hostilities, he proceeded to England on March 25, 1919, where he was struck off strength of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada on April 25, 1919 and proceeded to Canada on April 29th. Bradt was discharged upon demobilization on May 9, 1919, at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 284550. He died on August 26, 1920, at the age of 40, his father pre-deceasing him. His widow, Nancy E. Bradt, now of Toronto, received his Plaque and Scroll, along with his Memorial Cross, although his records do not clarify as to why.