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Thomas Leaonard Brandson


Paymaster Lieutenant, O-8360, RCNVR


Born:  28 Jun 1915, Winnipeg Manitoba          Died: 29 Apr 1944 at sea


BRANDSON, Thomas Leonard, Paym/Lt, RCNVR, MPK - 29 Apr 1944, HMCS ATHABASKAN - Son of Brandur J. and of Adalbjorg Brandson; husband of Shirley Brandson, all of Winnipeg, MB.


Lt Brandson was seen safely on deck after the first torpedo struck. However, it was his duty to throw the lead covered code book overboard and he was down below retrieving the book when the second torpedo struck.


Pay Lieut. T. L. Brandson is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and served as senior stick for Arts in 1940-41. He was a member of the first class of graduates in the commerce department of the university in 1941. During his university years, Pay Lieut. Brandson was active in sports and held several city swimming championships. He was also active in hockey. Pay Lieut. Brandson was a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve for one year and upon graduation from the university commenced his training at H.M.C.S. Chippawa in Winnipeg. He was transferred to Halifax for further training and was later stationed at headquarters in Ottawa for two years. His first sea assignment was with the Athabaskan in January, 1944. Besides his wife and parents, Pay Lieut. Brandson has two sisters, Mrs. John Hillsman and Mrs. Stewart Chevrier, both residing in Winnipeg.


Book of Remembrance entry


Ships served in:


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Appointed to Athabaskan 15 Feb 1944 as Paym/Lt, RCNVR


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(1-2) Service Summary  (3) Report of Death  (4) Letter to Lt Brandson's wife informing her he was missing following the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan


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