The ‘On His Majesty’s Service’ registered cover has a registration label printed with P. and T. SEC.,G.P.O./ MELBOURNE C.1. VIC and the two blue 3d commemorative Australian stamps are postmarked at Melbourne 1st November 1934. It is addressed to Mr. Le Sueur Brodie, 75 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA. There is a printed return address to the Deputy Director, Posts & Telegraphs, Melbourne, C.1, as well as a confirmatory double oval postmark dated -1 NOV 1934, both at lower left. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).
Lieutenant-Colonel Brodie was born in Montreal on 13 April 1905. He read engineering at McGill University where he joined the OTC, and later studied for his MBA at the University of Toronto. He was employed by Bell Canada for 44 years at Montreal, Toronto and Bradford,
Ontario. In 1936 he joined the Militia as a lieutenant in the 4th Division Supply Column RCASC in Montreal, and two years later was promoted to Captain in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.
He was called to active service in September of 1939, and during World War II he served in North America and England. In September 1941 he transferred to the Regular Army and was posted to ND Headquarters. I n September 1942 he was transferred to the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps, and in August 1944 he was transferred to RCEME.
At the end of the war he returned to Reserve Status and in the post-war years served in HQ RCEME 2nd Armoured Division, and was Commanding Officer of the 4th Regiment RCEME. During this period he was awarded the clasp to the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, the War Medal as well as the Canadian Efficiency Medal.
In 1945 Lieutenant-Colonel Brodie took up the appointment of Honorary Secretary-Treasurer of the RCEME Association, which he held through the changes from LORE to LEME until 1975, when he became Honorary Secretary. In 1963 he was appointed Chairman of the Conference of Defence Associations. A picture of Lieutenant-Colonel Brodie is seen in Figure 2.
He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada (CM) on December 15, 1976 and his investiture was in Ottawa on April 20, 1977. The full details at the Governor General of Canada’s website read as in the following Table, Figure 3.
An example of the Order of Canada, (which has 3 grades of Member, Officer and Commander) is seen as Figure 4.
The Le Sueur Brodie Building at Borden Ontario, Canada was opened by his wife, Mrs.Althera Brodie on 14 October 1989, and it houses the Armament and Small Arms cells of the Artisan Company Weapons Platoon. The building provides almost 2,000 square metres of floor space including 12 classrooms and a large workshop area with a 15 ton overhead crane capable of lifting a tank turret. The floors of the building and the compound, have been especially designed to support the weight of heavy armoured vehicles. The addition of the annexe and security containers’ training area was added on 28 May 1993, which added an additional 193.6 square metres to the total area available for training. A cadre of 12 Regular Force soldiers, occasionally supplemented by Regular and Reserve Force incremental staff, instructs the students. A view of the building is seen in Figure 5.
A family photo of a building ‘Valmont’ is seen with Mr. LeSueur leaning on the bannister at the right of the picture (Figure 6).
My apologies for the multiple unexplained examples of the army abbreviations, but I have avoided the undue research of same for I considered that it did not reduce the importance of the man. I was surprised about the fact that he was addressed as ‘Mr.’ on the cover but perhaps in the pre-WW2 years this was his desired designation. I have no clue as to the reason for this registered letter unless he collected Australian mint stamps, but the sending postal department did not seem appropriate for dealing with philatelic business. I hope that readers may be able to give me more information on Lieut.-Colonel Brodie and his family.