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    Posted: 28 Jul 2012 at 16:48
The following is the information that I have in my database regarding the Major George Cecil Brook.
 

BROOKE, George Cecil Major 1st Bn Border Regiment

Born: (30/12/1870).

Age: 44 Date of Death: 28/04/1915 Cause: Killed in action.

Previous Military Service: Commissioned into the Border Regiment on the 1/3/1890, becoming a Lieutenant in September 1892. Served in the Waziristan Expedition, 1895 (Medal with Clasp); Malakand Expedition, 1897-8 (Medal with Clasp); Siege of Tientsin and Relief of Pekin (Medal with Clasp); attached as Adjutant to the Chinese Regt. and qualified in the Chinese Language, 1900-03. Major Brooke acted as Adjutant of Militia and Special Reserve of the Lancashire Fusiliers Depot, Bury, 1907-10; receiving his Majority in March 1911.

Awards: Mentioned in Despatches (Sir Ian Hamilton, 5th August 1915).

Family Notes: Only son of the late Brig. Gen. Henry Francis Brooke (K.I.A. Afghanistan 16/8/1880), of Ashbrooke, Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh, and of Mrs. Anna Isabella Brooke (nee Christopher), of Hampton Court Palace; husband of Barbara Brooke (nee Allen), of Hampton Court Palace.

Trade/profession: Commissioned Officer.

Education: Educated at, Wellington College, Berkshire and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

 

Major George Cecil Brooke, 1st Battn. Border Regiment, only son of the late Brigadier-General Francis Brooke, Ashbrooke, Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh, and of Mrs. Henry Brooke, Hampton Court Palace, was killed in action at the Dardanelles (Gallipoli) on the 28th April 1915. His father, Brigadier-General H. F. Brooke, who commanded the 2nd Infantry Brigade at Kandahar (Afghan War of 1879-80)  was also killed in action leading the sortie on the village of Deh-Khoja from Kandahar on the 16th August 1880. General Brooke was the eldest son of George Frederick Brooke, of Ashbrooke, and of the Lady Arabella Brooke, and a grandson of Sir Henry Brooke, first Baronet, of Colebrooke, Co. Fermanagh, and the eleventh Earl of Huntingdon.

 

Major Brooke was born on the 30th December, 1870, and was educated at Wellington College and at the R.M.C. Sandhurst, receiving his commission in the Border Regiment on the 1st March 1890, and becoming Lieutenant in September 1892.

 

In 1895 he was on active service with the Waziristan Expedition, North Western Frontier of India, receiving the medal with clasp; and again with the Malakand Expedition,  1897-98. From July to October 1897, he acted as Regimental Commissariat and Transport of the 2nd Brigade, being also at Burma in the same capacity, and receiving the medal with clasp. From February 1900, to February 1903, he was employed with the Chinese Regiment of Infantry, acting as Adjutant for some part of the time; and was present at the siege of Tientsin, and took part in the relief of Pekin in 1900, receiving the medal with clasp. While with the Chinese Regiment Major Brooke qualified at the test examination in the Chinese language. He served also for a time win South Africa, going there with his battalion. He became Captain in the Border Regiment in July 1900. For three years, from 1907, he acted as Adjutant of Militia and Special Reserve of the Lancashire Fusiliers Depot at Bury, Lancashire. In March 1911, he received his Majority in the Border Regiment. Major G.C Brookes was killed while gallantly leading his men, as Second-in-Command of his battalion, against a strong force of the Turks, three days after the historic landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment, forming part of the immortal Division. He was mentioned in Sir Ian Hamilton’s Despatch of the 5th August 1915.

Major Brooke married, in 1912, Barbara, only child of the late Captain W.H. Allen, Burmah Marine, Rangoon, eldest son of George Wellesley Allen, of Dhuarigle Castle, Co. Cork. She survives him with an only son, born on the 21st October 1913.

                                                                           The Bond of Sacrifice, Volume 2, Page 60.

 

Other Notes: Major Brookes only child was Commander Henry John Allen Brooke who was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire, England. He fought in the Spanish Civil War between 1937 and 1938, with the Nyon Patrol. He fought in the Second World War, in the Mediterranean, North African Landings, Arctic Convoys and Pacific, and was mentioned in despatches. He gained the rank of Commander in the service of the Royal Navy.1 He was decorated with the award of Distinguished Service Cross (D.S.C.) in 1945.1 He was assistant director of Marine Service, Ministry of Defence (Navy Department) between 1961 and 1974.1 He retired from the military in 1963.1 He was invested as a Member, Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) in 1974.

Special Notes: Major Brooke is listed on the IWM records as “killed in action, April 28, 1915;” no location is given for his death.

Grave/Memorial: Special Memorial. 127. Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles.

Other memorials: Major Brooke is commemorated on, the Enniskillen War Memorial, Belmore Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. He is also commemorated by an unusual memorial located in the Royal Memorial Chapel, Royal Military College Sandhurst. The memorial is actually three stair rods installed on the steps of the Sanctuary alter (donated by his widow at the request of the Reverend Harry Blackburne, the Chaplain), the memorial is as follows; (Top Rod) In Loving Memory of, (Middle Rod) George Cecil Brooke; (Bottom Rod) Major 1st Bt. The Border Regt killed Gallipoli 28 April 1915.

IWM Records Page No: Volume I, Page 246.

 
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