Charles Matthew Robert Brooks

Oct 4, 1896

Born in London, England


May 22, 1913

Embarked the SS Ionian in London, England



Jun 4, 1913

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Smiths Falls, Ontario


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59100 (temporary number 403)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. H. Webb, 29 Albert St., Smiths Falls, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

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


Jun 3, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Measles but was changed to Bronchitis.  The initial Measles diagnosis was likely due to a persistent problem he had with boils.


Jun 5, 1915

Transferred to the Bevan Military Hospital


Jun 14, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 20, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Dec 18, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 28, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 9, 1917

During the attack on Vimy Ridge, France Private Brooks received a shrapnel wound to his right arm and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to the casualty clearing station for further treatment


Apr 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux


Apr 12, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Saffron Waldon VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Hospital in Essex

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


May 5, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


May 29, 1917

Transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington


Aug 14, 1917

Discharged from hospital and granted sick leave with orders to report to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford on completion of leave


Aug 24, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom while on sick leave with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined)


Aug 25, 1917

Transferred to the Manor (County of London) War Hospital and the diagnosis is changed to read Furunculosis, an infection causing boils


Dec 10, 1917

Granted permission to marry

Married to Elizabeth Violet Spearpoint in Epsom


Dec 18, 1917

Transferred to the Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Feb 24, 1918

Transferred to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne


Feb 26, 1918

X-rays showed that the shrapnel that had not been removed was causing severe pain in his right arm


Mar 9, 1918

Surgery performed to remove the shrapnel that wounded him the previous April


Apr 10, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom where he was put on observation for Measles.  This suspicion was likely a result of his ongoing problem with boils that may have appeared to be a Measles infection

Was absent from the hospital for 1 day, but no punishment is recorded in the file


May 22, 1918

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Sep 4, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 5, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 9, 1918

After leaving the base depot he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France


Sep 11, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Brooks rejoined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve on the Drocourt Queant Line, west of Cagnicourt, France.  He was part of a draft of 50 reinforcements for the battalion


Dec 13, 1918

Private Brooks crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 21st Battalion to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force



Mar 21, 1919

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot and proceeded to England in preparation for his return to Canada


May 21, 1919

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


Jul 28, 1919

Embarked the SS Adriatic in Liverpool with his wife and 2 month old son Ronald



Aug 5, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Aug 8, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 396618

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 6 Simpson St., Smiths Falls, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 140 Queen St., Ottawa, Ontario


Apr 30, 1929

Admitted into Canada at Prescott, Ontario with his wife and 4 children as immigrants.  He claimed to be coming from Dexter, New York and proceeding to Ottawa, Ontario.  He stated his occupation was a Paper Maker

Charles Matthew Robert Brooks died in 1990 and was buried in the Capital Memorial Gardens, Ottawa, Ontario


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