As Remembrance Day draws near, the Musée Héritage Museum Archives would like to share some of its records that document the experiences of those who served in the military.
Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel was a fascinating man, who was in the First World War and the Second World War. Originally from France, he and his family lived in Edmonton and St. Albert in 1904, and moved to Montreal in 1913.
At the start of the First World War, Brutinel joined the Canadian Army and pioneered the formation of a mobile motorized machine gun unit. In August 24, 1914, Brutinel enrolled the first recruits for the Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade (C.M.M.G. Bde), which was the first fully mechanized unit of the British Empire. This Brigade participated in many significant battles, including Vimy, Canal de Nord, Somme, and Amiens.
An armoured vehicle from the 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade, [1914-1919]
2014.22.09, Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel fonds, Musée Héritage Museum.
The following is a report of operations that took place on August 8-10, 1918, the Battle of Amiens. The report was compiled by Brutinel and sent to Sir Arthur Currie, commander of the Canadian Corps. It includes individual accounts of maneuvers by officers of the Canadian Corps during the Battle of Amiens.
A letter from Sir Arthur Currie to Brutinel, 15 Aug 1918.
2014.22.103, Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel fonds, Musée Héritage Museum.
Table of contents for the report, outlining the individual reports from the battalions and brigades of the Canadian Corps. 2014.22.103, Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel fonds, Musée Héritage Museum.
Map showing the area of operations of the First Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade in March 1918. Towns covered by action of the 1st C.M.M.G. bde are underlined. 2014.22.103, Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel fonds, Musée Héritage Museum.
Canadian Expeditionary Force Certificate of Service: “This is to certify that Brigadier- General Raymond Brutinel, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. Enlisted in 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade. He served in Canada, England and France with the 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade, Canadian Corps Headquarters, Canadian Machine Gun Reserve Pool, H.Q. Canadian Corps Camp, Military Headquarters Ottawa, and was struck off the strength on the Eighth day of August 1919 by reason of General Demobilization.” The bottom lists the military awards he received during his service. 2014.22.103, Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel fonds, Musée Héritage Museum.
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Other records related to Brutinel’s life and service can be found here: https://archives.museeheritage.ca/raymond-brutinel-fonds