Alfred Jacob "Jake" Brooks

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 25, 1888

Born in Pingewood, Burghfield, Reading, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59099 (temporary number 731)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Mary Brooks, mother, of Pingewood, Burghfield, Reading, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bricklayer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company.  He is later noted as being in the Machine Gun Section


Mar 11, 1915

Fined $4.00 for Drunkenness


Apr 21, 1915

Fined $6.00 for Drunkenness


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


Jul 3, 1915

Awarded a fine of $15.00


Jul 28, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at midnight


Jul 29, 1915

Reported for duty at 9.00 am and sentenced to 7 days CB (Confined to Barracks)


Aug 14, 1915

Sentenced to 10 days CB and fined $3.00 for Drunkenness


Aug 16, 1915

Fined $3.00 for Drunkenness


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 22, 1915

Admitted to the Field Ambulance at Dranoutre with a gun shot wound to his right foot, then transported by the No.21 Ambulance Train and admitted to the No 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) in Bayeux.  This was the Company’s very first day in the front line.

The Battalion’s war diary records this as an “accident”


Sep 24, 1915

Transferred by the No. 9 Ambulance Train and admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital at Le Treport


Sep 26, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Anglia

Admitted to the Royal Herbert Hospital in Woolwich

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion while in hospital in England


Oct 6, 1915

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


Oct 27, 1915

Transferred to the Canadian War Hospital at Walmer


Dec 15, 1915

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Monks Horton


Dec 19, 1915

Charged with being Drunk and for being absent from 6 pm to 11 pm and fined a total of $20.00


Dec 20, 1915

Transferred to the military hospital at Shorncliffe


Dec 21, 1915

Discharged from hospital to light duties


Dec 24, 1915

Fined $5.00 for Drunkenness


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

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


Feb 15, 1916

Left the CBD for his Battalion


Feb 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the N & O front line trenches


Apr 21, 1916

During a large enemy artillery barrage at St Eloi, Pte Brooks was initially reported to be missing, but later it was determined that he had been killed.  His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the panels of the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll, and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Mary Brooks, at Pingewood, Burghfield, Reading, England 


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