Dr. Clarence Alfred Brisco was born on the 6th of May, 1892 near Napanee, Ontario. His parents were Robert McIntyre Brisco and the former Mary Ester Ham. His siblings included, Norris, Fred, Nellie, Robert, Ira and Ernest. The Brisco family moved to Chatham in 1906. Dr. Brisco attended Chatham Collegiate Institute, before attending medical school at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. According to the 1911 census, the Brisco family resided at 188 Lacroix Street in Chatham and Dr. Brisco was listed as a student at medical college. He graduated M.B. in 1913 from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and returned to Chatham to practice medicine.
Dr. Brisco enlisted in Kingston on the 30th of March 1915 and saw active duty during World War I. He was promoted to Captain on the 28th of May, 1916. Dr. Brisco received the Military Cross with the following excerpt, “Captain Clarence Brisco, Royal Army Medical Corps, who after twenty-four hours tending wounded, without sleep or rest conducted stretcher parties over shell-swept ground with total disregard for his own safety.” He was promoted to Major on the 28th of February, 1918. His unit was demobilized on the 7th of March, 1919 and he was discharged from the Royal Army Medical Corp. Dr. Brisco returned to Chatham at that time.
According to the 1921 Census, Dr. Brisco was living and working as a physician in Timmins, Ontario.
Dr. Brisco died at the age of 31 on the 24th of January, 1924 enroute to London, England. He was buried at the Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham, Ontario.
**Dr. Brisco is also featured on the Gathering Our Heroes website.