Lieutenant Brackin transferred from the 91st to the 186th and in a short time was promoted to the rank of Captain.
He went overseas with this unit and after special courses in England proceeded to France on August 12, 1917.
He reverted to rank of Subaltern and went to France in Aug. 1917 and was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s dispatches for conspicuous work during the Passchendaele operations of Nov that year.
On Aug. 26, 1918, the first day of the battle of Arras, Lieut Brackin was instantly killed by a shell while leading his platoon in the work of clearing the village of Guemappe.
Origin of the Capt Garnet Brackin Chapter IODE – as told to Sandra Smith of IODE Garnet Brackin Chapter:
Capt. Brackin’s sister, Bessie, was a music teacher at Chatham Collegiate Institute (CCI) and started the Captain Garnet Brackin Chapter, as a junior chapter in 1930 in memory of her brother, with members being students at CCI.
Vera Armstrong, who was a charter member of this chapter at CCI, related this beginning:
Vera said that the focus of the junior chapter – from teacher Bessie Brackin, was that “they were going to form a group and have lots of fun” so Vera joined. Vera said she was “into having fun so, count me in”.
In 1943, the Capt. Garnet Brackin Junior Chapter became a formal or primary chapter. Their motto as a junior chapter was “Play Up and Play the Game” which was retained for their Primary Chapter.