John Gordon Brooks

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Mar 3, 1895

Born at Wensley, Ontario


Feb 22, 1916

Enlisted in the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles at Kingston Ontario

Ø      Number 3402

Ø      Assigned to guard duty with the PWOR Fort Henry Guard, where aliens and prisoners of war were held


Nov 21, 1916

Discharged from the PWOR Fort Henry Guard for enlistment in the 253rd Battalion


Nov 22, 1916

Attested into the 253rd Battalion at Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1090016

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Mary Brooks, mother, of Wensley, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous service given as 9 months in the 14th Regiment, PWOR Fort Henry Guard

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Apr 29, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 7, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool, England and proceeded to Dibgate


May 9, 1917

The Battalion moved to the West Sandling Camp and was absorbed into the 5th Reserve Battalion


Jun 6, 1917

Transferred to the 164th Battalion at Witley as part of a group of 168 Other Ranks transferred from the 5th Reserve Battalion


Mar 8, 1918

Attached to the 119th Battalion for training at Witley


Mar 19, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 119th Battalion and attached to the 125th Battalion for training at Witley


Mar 29, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 125th Battalion and rejoined the 164th Battalion

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 30, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples, France as part of a draft of 1,498 reinforcements


Mar 31, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart as part of a draft of 5,649 reinforcements from the CIBD


Apr 8, 1918

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the village of Wailly, France as part of a draft of 44 reinforcements.  On arrival he was assigned to No. 8 Platoon of “B” Company


Jun 22, 1918

Pte Brooks was killed while the Battalion was being relieved from the front line in the early morning hours by an enemy artillery barrage.


Jun 24, 1918

His comrades laid his body to rest in the Wailly Orchard Cemetery.

Wailly Orchard Cemetery
Wailly France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Mary Brooks, at Wensley, Ontario


Below is from the 21st Battalion's War Diary


Pte Brooks is commemorated on the Kingston Ontario Memorial Wall

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