Percival "Percy" Brocklebank


Jun 11, 1882

Born at Bromborough Cheshire England 

Prior to immigrating to Canada, he studied law for 5 years.


Sep 10, 1910

Embarked the SS Dominion at Liverpool England



Sep 18, 1910

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Cornwall Ontario where he was employed by the Lally Lacrosse Factory


Jan 26, 1916

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Brockville Ontario  

Ø      Given rank of Lieutenant on enlistment

Ø      Next of kin given as Robert Brocklebank (father) of Cadnant Park, Conway NW, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Accountant

Ø      Previous military service given as 59th Regiment, Stormont & Glengarry

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

The Battalion trained at the Barriefield Camp, Kingston Ontario


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


May 9, 1916

Attended the Musketry and Lewis Machine Gun course


May 30, 1916

Returned from course


Jun 6, 1916

On Command to the Overseas Conducting Party escorting reinforcements to France


Jun 17, 1916

Returned from Escort Duty


Jul 8, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jul 9, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 21, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Captain to replace Capt HE Pense who had been wounded and proceeded to Canada on leave


Dec 22, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 2, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Mar 4, 1917

Admitted to the No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Laryngitis.  He was transferred the same day to the Officer’s Rest Camp at No 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Mar 12, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from hospital


Apr 13, 1917

The Battalion was in a captured German deep dugout on Vimy Ridge called Cramer Haus and was preparing for an attack, when he received severe wounds from an explosion to his left eye, face, legs and arms and admitted to a field ambulance.  Below is taken from the book Into the Cauldron, edited by Steven Sawell pages 60-61.  This is based on the diary of Edward S Sawell, MC, VD, an officer of the 21st Battalion.


Apr 14, 1917

Transferred to the No 14 General Hospital at Boulogne where surgery was performed to remove his left eye


Apr 17, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Relinquished the rank of Acting Captain


Apr 18, 1917

Admitted to the Daughters of Empire Hospital at Hyde Park Place, London 

Posted to the General List of Officers while in hospital


May 11, 1917

Transferred to the Westcliffe Canadian Eye, Ear and Nose Hospital at Folkestone to be fitted with an artificial eye


May 21, 1917

Posted to the EORD


May 30, 1917

Transferred to the Granville Special Hospital at Ramsgate


Jun 1, 1917

Mentioned in Despatches per London Gazette #30107



Jul 3, 1917

Granted permission to proceed to Canada on leave


Aug 14, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic at Liverpool



Aug 27, 1917

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec 

On arrival at Montreal he was examined by a Medical Board prior to leaving for Kingston Ontario


Sep 25, 1917

Medical Board at Kingston Ontario recommends that he be fitted with a new artificial eye as the current one is unsuitable


Oct 3, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) on being retained in Canada 

Ceased to be on leave and now receiving medical treatment in Canada


Jan 21, 1918

Medical Board at Kingston Ontario assessed him with a 60% disability and recommended that he be discharged from the CEF


Feb 5, 1918

Discharged from the CEF 

Rank on Discharge Lieutenant 

On discharge, he returned to his employment at the Lally Lacrosse Factory, becoming the plant manager in December of 1918. 

He served with the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders at Cornwall and rose to the rank of Major


Jul 5, 1921

The British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to him c/o PO Box 927, Cornwall Ontario


May 19, 1925


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