Edward Brooks

May 5, 1880

Born in Hampstead, England


May 15, 1906

Embarked the SS Lake Erie in Liverpool with his wife and 3 children



May 25, 1906

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Colborne, Ontario


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59101 (temporary number 262)

Ø  Next of kin given as Emily E. Brooks, wife, Cobourg, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Coachman

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

Ø  Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal

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

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for absence


Jul 30, 1915

Forfeited 5 day’s pay and restricted to half pay for 1 month for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 5 days


Sep 6, 1915

Forfeited 8 day’s pay and restricted to half pay for 2 months for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 8 days


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 25, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division Mining Section for duty


Jan 12, 1916

Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Tunneling Company and proceeded to Sainte-Marie-Cappel, France


Nov 25, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 5, 1917

Rejoined unit from leave


Dec 15, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 30, 1919

Rejoined unit from leave


Mar 4, 1919

Proceeded to England and attached to the CSME (Canadian School of Military Engineering)


Apr 7, 1919

Admitted to the No. 14 General Hospital in Eastbourne, Sussex with a diagnosis that reads Contagious Impetigo with rash present in his scalp.


Apr 28, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 29, 1919

Transferred to the CERB (Canadian Engineers Reserve Battalion) in Seaford


May 13, 1919

Transferred to Military District #3 in Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


May 20, 1919

Embarked the SS Regina in Liverpool



May 28, 1919

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


May 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sapper

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277784

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge General Post Office Cobourg, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 827 Cobourg, Ontario


May 25, 1955

Edward Brooks died and was buried in the St. Peter’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Cobourg, Ontario.  His wife Emily passed away 2 years later and was buried in the same plot.


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