Frank Brooker

Jun 2, 1883

Born in Kingston on Thames, England


Jun 13, 1913

Embarked the Empress of Ireland in Liverpool



Jun 20, 1913

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario.  Some time after his arrival in Kingston, he proceeded to Metcalfe, Ontario for employment


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59097 (temporary number 966)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mary Brooker, mother, 22 South Lane, Kingston on Thames, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Soldier

o   Later noted as Book Binder

Ø  Previous military experience given as 12 years in Royal Marines Light Infantry

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries

Within days of attesting he was appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal and posted to the Machine Gun Section


Feb 3, 1915

Reported to be absent


Feb 5, 1915

Reported for duty and forfeited 4 days pay and restricted to half pay for 2 months for his absence


Mar 25, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for an unspecified offence


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 8, 1915

From the war diary of the 2nd Division Assistant Provost Marshal’s War Diary

Ø  Matter of Pte. Brooker, 21st Battalion, found by Sergt. Lunniss in a private house, Hythe, with Mrs. Thornton, wife of Pte. Thornton of the 21st Battalion, investigated and referred to the OC 4th Infantry Brigade, for action.


Jun 29, 1915

Sentenced to 28 days detention for misconduct


Jul 26, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company


Jul 31, 1915

Reported to be absent


Aug 3, 1915

Reported for duty and forfeited 4 days pay and restricted to half pay for 2 months


Aug 14, 1915

Reported to be absent


Aug 15, 1915

Reported for duty and was sentenced to 14 days detention, forfeited 2 days pay and restricted to half pay for 1 month for leaving the barracks while a defaulter


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 17, 1915

Sentenced to 10 days Field Punishment #2 for disobeying a command


Dec 26, 1915

Transferred to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


Apr 6, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Oct 6, 1916

Private Brooker received shrapnel wounds to his neck and legs and was evacuated for first aid and treatment before being invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Andrew


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Northumberland War Hospital in Gosforth, Newcastle

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 28, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 5, 1916

Admitted to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom with a diagnosis that reads partial Ankylosis of metacarpophalangeal joints in both feet.  Patient claims to have suffered from frost bite while in the trenches and his feet have been sore ever since


Dec 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Feb 13, 1917

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CCAC in Hastings


Feb 14, 1917

Attached to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot) Hastings


Feb 17, 1917

Attached to the CFCCD (Canadian Field Comforts Committee Depot) Shorncliffe for duty


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the Machine Gun Regimental Depot and attached to the Moore Barracks Hospital for duty


Jul 21, 1917

Ceased to be attached to Moore Barracks Hospital and rejoined the Comfort Corps Depot


Jul 27, 1917

Posted to “R” Wing in Seaford


Aug 31, 1917

Transferred to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Sep 13, 1917

Embarked the SS Justicia in Liverpool



Sep 25, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario

Attached to the AAG (Assistant Adjutant General) for duty in Military District No. 1, London


Oct 12, 1917

Taken On Strength No. 3 Special Service Company in Kingston


Feb 25, 1918

Transferred to the No. 3 AMCTD (Army Medical Corps Training Depot) Kingston


Mar 1, 1918

Transferred to the Queen’s Field Ambulance for duty in Kingston


Apr 22, 1918

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Joints of both big toes are swollen and painful caused from previous case of frost bite

Ø  Walks on the outside of his feet to reduce pain

Ø  Pain is more severe in the mornings

Ø  Board recommends category “E” and that he be discharged from military service


May 3, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Winchester, Ontario

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o Mrs. Burke, Port McNicoll, Ontario


Feb 21, 1921

Address changed to read c/o Mr. D. Dick, RR #2 Omemee, Ontario


Sep 30, 1929

Frank Brooker died of Acute Broncho Pneumonia while a patient in the Kingston General Hospital and was buried in the Cataraqui Cemetery Soldier’s Section, Kingston, Ontario



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