CEF Soldier Detail

Captain Antoine Philippe, Prince of Orleans and Braganza
Died: November 29, 1918

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Cavalry
Battalion:
Royal Canadian Dragoons
Company:
Place of Birth:
Paris
Country:
France
Next of Kin:
Prince Gaston of Bourbon-Orleans & Isabel, Princess of Brazil; Chateau D'Eu, Normandy, France
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
August 9, 1881
Trade or Calling:
Prince
Marital Status:
Not Specified
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Date of Enlistment:
Age at enlistment:
Height:
Chest:
Expansion:
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Unknown    
Cause of Death:
Died in War, unknown cause
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
November 29, 1918
Age at Death:
37
Buried at:
Dreux Royal Chapel, Pas De Calais, France
Plot:
N/A
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Captain Canadian Cavalry Royal Canadian Dragoons

Prince of Orleans and Braganza.Antônio was born in Paris, the third and last son of Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, and her husband Gaston of Orléans, count of Eu. His father was a grandson of the last Bourbon king of France, Louis Philippe I, and his mother was the eldest daughter and heir of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil. He was baptized on 27 August 1881. His full name was Antônio Gastão Luiz Filipe Francisco de Assis Maria Miguel Rafael Gabriel Gonzaga; his family affectionately called him "Totó".

After his grandfather was deposed in a military coup in Brazil, he and his family were sent into exile in Europe. As a child he was chronically sick with bronchitis. He was educated in Paris, and at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. After graduation, he was a Hussar lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian Army between 1908 and 1914.

When World War I broke out, Antônio was prevented from joining the French armed forces by a law that forbade members of the deposed French royal family from serving in the military. Instead, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Dragoons where he served attached to the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot and intelligence officer. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1915, and was promoted to Captain in 1918. He was aide-de-camp to Brigadier-General Seely, commander of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade.

Antônio died from injuries sustained in an air crash at Edmonton, London, shortly after the end of the war. His remains were placed in the Royal Chapel of Dreux, in France

 

Awards and Decorations
1914/15 Star
British War Medal
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Carlos III of Spain
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Christ of Portugal
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Bulgaria
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Pedro I of Brazil
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Rising Sun of Japan
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Rose of Brazil
Military Cross
Victory Medal