George Brookes (Brooks)

Nov 26, 1894

Born in Bilston, Staffordshire, England to Benjamin and Henrietta (nee Sidaway) Brookes


May 20, 1913

Embarked the SS Teutonic in Liverpool



May 27, 1913

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Peterborough, Ontario


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59102 (temporary number 984)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. B. Brookes, mother, 29 Cambridge St., Bilston, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Bookkeeper

Ø  Pervious military experience given as 3rd Dragoons, Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “H” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

o   Shortly after attesting he was posted to the Signals Section

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


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


Aug 4, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for absence


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

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Hernia.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) before being moved to the No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station


Nov 19, 1915

Transferred via the No. 2 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 26 General Hospital


Nov 26, 1915

Surgery performed to repair the hernia


Dec 9, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Dieppe

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Manor House Hospital in Folkestone


Dec 12, 1915

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


Dec 20, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 3, 1916

Transferred to the Monks Horton Canadian Convalescent Hospital


Jan 8, 1916

Transferred to the Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital, Epsom


Feb 1, 1916

Discharged to duty with the 39th Reserve Battalion from hospital


Mar 8, 1916

Medical Board at West Sandling notes

Ø  Weakness in right groin from hernia surgery

Ø  Defective vision

Ø  Right eye has congenital cataract

Ø  Fit for light duty only for 6 weeks

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) in West Sandling


Apr 20, 1916

Medical Board in West Sandling notes

Ø  Patient suffers from defective vision

Ø  Right eye 1/60th normal

Ø  Fit for Base Duty only


May 12, 1916

Attached to the Pay Office in London


Dec 8, 1916

The Pay Office name was officially changed to read Canadian Army Pay Corps (CAPC)


Mar 11, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot and attached to the Pay Office in Seaford


Apr 4, 1917

Transferred to the CAPC (Canadian Army Pay Corps) in London


Apr 1, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant – Clerk with pay


Jun 21, 1918

Granted permission to marry


Jul 27, 1918

Married to Dorothy Mary Eade in the Church of St. Mary, Balham, London, England



Jul 7, 1919

Medical Board in London notes

Ø  Partial loss of function of right eye

Ø  Patient claims to have been hit in right eye with a snowball as a child

Ø  There is no improvement from last exam

Ø  Defective vision in left eye is slight

Ø  Glasses have been provided

Ø  Board recommends he be returned to Canada for discharge


Sep 29, 1919

Attached to the 2nd CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in London pending discharge from the CEF

Discharged from the CEF in London, England

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 129 Chestnut Grove, Balham, London

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 11 Lumley Road, Redcar, Yorkshire, England


Jan 6, 1947

George Brookes died while a patient in the Halton EMS Hospital, Epsom.  His home address was given as 97 Hazon Way, Epsom, Surrey


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