Lieutenat-Colonel B N Sergison-Brooke DSO

Bertram Norman Brooke was born on 20 July 1880 but changed his surname in 1915 following his marriage to his first wife, Prudence Ida Evelyn Sergison; they had one daughter. Then in 1923 he married Hilda Fenwick; they had one son. He was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1899. He served in the Second Boer War and then with the Egyptian Army. He also served in World War I, initially as Assistant Embarkation Officer in Southampton, but later given command of the 3rd Battalion on the Somme. He was wounded early on in Sep 1916. By 1917 he was commanding 2nd (Guards) Brigade but was gassed on the Western Front. After the war he commanded the Grenadier Guards. He was appointed Commander of 15th Infantry Brigade in China in 1927 and then Commander of 1st (Guards) Brigade at Aldershot in 1928. He was made Brigadier on the General Staff at Eastern Command in India in 1931 and Major-General commanding the Brigade of Guards and General Officer Commanding London District in 1934. He retired in 1939 but, with World War II underway, he was recalled as General Officer Commanding London District. He retired again in 1942. He was British Red Cross Commissioner with the Allied Army of Liberation from 1943 to 1945. His home was in Slaugham in West Sussex. Lieutenant General Sir Bertram Norman Sergison-Brooke KCB KCVO CMG DSO died in 1967.

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