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.
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
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