David Richard Brooklyn, MM



Jun 11, 1892

Born at Pencoed Wales 

His birth city is recorded with several different spellings but I could not locate a city with any of those spellings, with the exception of his marriage certificate, which lists Pencoed as his birth place.


Jun 29, 1911

Embarked the SS Sicilian at London England as part of a group of Home Children being sent to Canada by the Bernardo’s Home



Jul 11, 1911

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Toronto Ontario.  He was later sent to work on a farm in the Ottawa area. 

It is also noted that his sister, Edith Brooklyn was on the same ship, but on arrival in Canada, she was sent to Peterborough, and later placed as a domestic with a family at Manvers Ontario, south of Peterborough.


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59098 (temporary number 843)

Ø      Next of kin given as Edith Brooklyn (sister) of Graham Station Ontario

o       This address was later changed to c/o Mrs J Thompson, Manvers Ontario

o       There is a note in the file to also notify Miss Edna M Brown at the Rockwood Hospital, Kingston Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

o       Later noted as Blacksmith

Ø      No previous military experience given, but stated that he was currently a member of the 43rd Regiment, DCOR (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles)

Ø      Religion given as Baptist

o       Later recorded as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


Feb 13, 1915

A sporting event was held in the Armouries and Pte Brooklyn was a successful participant 

Ø      Sack race (50 yds) – 1st Place

Ø      50 yd sprint – 3rd Place

Ø      3 mile race – 4th Place (time 25 mins)


Feb 23, 1915

A military Gymkana, or sporting carnival, was held at the Kingston Armouries, and Pte Brooklyn was a successful participant 

Ø      Potato race – 1st Place

Ø      Bayoneting the Kaiser – 3rd Place

Ø      Sack race – 3rd Place


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Mar 2, 1916

Admonished for being drunk on parade and sentenced to 14 days extra fatigue for insolence to an NCO


Apr 4, 1916

Admitted to No 1 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with wounds to face, side and chest received during the fighting for the Craters at St Eloi 

Transferred same day to No 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 5, 1916

Admitted to No 23 General Hospital at Etaples


Apr 17, 1916

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Hospital


Apr 22, 1916

Discharged to No 3 Canadian Base Depot


Apr 26, 1916

Embarked at Folkestone to proceed to France


Apr 29, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


May 8, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


May 17, 1916

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Sep 29, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA with a severe shrapnel wound to head and right arm 

Transferred same day to No 9 CCS


Oct 3, 1916

Transferred to No 22 General Hospital at Camiers  

Surgery performed to remove shrapnel and bone fragments from skull 

From the Medical Report: 

“While in the trenches at Courcelette he was hit by one piece of shrapnel which passed through his steel helmet and caused a depressed fracture of the skull in the right parictal area (an area of the brain at the top rear of the skull).  The patient was unconscious till October 7th while at No 22 Hospital at Camiers.  He was partially paralyzed and could not use right hand after regaining consciousness”


Oct 11, 1916          Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #29780


From the Kingston Daily Standard April 8, 1916:



Oct 19, 1916

Invalided to England on the Hospital Ship Cambria


Transferred to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Oct 20, 1916

Admitted to the York Military Hospital  

Was allowed out of bed for the first time, and complained of dizziness and headaches.  His hand had recovered it’s strength


Nov 14, 1916

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Convalescent Hospital at Bushey Park, Hampton Hill, Middlesex


Dec 15, 1916

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Liverpool England


Rank on ship’s manifest is shown as Cpl.  The last entry in the Battalion’s Part II Orders show him with rank of Pte.  I could find no entry in his file to indicate when he was promoted to Cpl


Dec 25, 1916

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal Quebec


Dec 27, 1916

Medical Board at Montreal determines his disability to be 50%, reducing to 30% in 3 months time, with the remaining disability being permanent


Jan 1, 1917

Shown on pay roll of MD#3 Kingston Ontario


Jan 2, 1917

Admitted to the Fleming Military Convalescent Home in Ottawa Ontario, but remained on pay list at MD#3, Kingston 

In addition to the previously mentioned conditions, he was noted on admission as suffering from hearing loss, more prominent in right ear


Mar 28, 1917

Discharged from the CEF at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge - Cpl

Ø      Intended residence on discharge – Kingston Ontario

Ø      Under descriptive marks, is noted as having a compound fracture of his skull

Ø      Reason for discharge given as Medically Unfit


Sep 18, 1917

Married to Edna Maria Brown of 47 Quebec St, Kingston Ontario


Dec 15, 1917

Address for post discharge pay is given as 47 Quebec St, Kingston Ontario


Feb 20, 1919

Address for payment of WSG (War Service Gratuity) is given as 654 Dufferin St, Toronto Ontario


May 21, 1921

On this date, and on a subsequent date, the British War Medal and Victory Medal was sent to him at 850 Weston Road, Toronto Ontario


Jul 14, 1988

Died at Willowdale Ontario (a part of the city of Toronto)


York Cemetery

Toronto Ontario 

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