Brooke, Henry Alan


He was the third and youngest son of of Captain the Right Honourable Sir Basil Stanlake Brooke PC, CBE, MC, DL, MP, 5th Baronet, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (D1901-1905), of Colebrooke, Brookeborough, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. His mother, Lady Brooke, was born Cynthia Mary Sergison, daughter of Captain Charles Warden Sergison DL, of Cuckfield Park. He was the brother of Basil J.D. Brooke (F1933-38, Lieutenant, Grenadier Guards) who was killed in action in Tunisia in 1943 (see individual entry). Their grand-uncle was Lord Alanbrooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff.

He came to Mr. W.L.F. Browne’s House from  The Leas, Hoylake, in September 1937. He was only at Winchester for two years, as he did not return from Ireland after the outbreak of war.

He was commissioned into the 10th Hussars in 1942.  Brooke was promoted to Lieutenant in 1943, and served with his regiment in North Africa and Italy. In December 1944, after being wounded in November, he received the MC, as an immediate award (gazetted March 12th 1945). A brother officer wrote:  “Henry Brooke has just got the MC. He has deserved it over and over again.”

In the following April, however, he was killed in action, aged twenty-one, near Ravenna in Northern Italy. He is buried in grave I.C.29 of the Ravenna War Cemetery.    When news of Henry Brooke’s death reached Lord Alanbrooke on the evening of March 17th (passed on by General Alexander), he wrote in his diary: “Poor old Basil and Cynthia”.

 

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Brooke
  • Forenames or initials: Henry Alan
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1937-1939
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: 10th Royal Hussars
  • Date of Birth: 29th October 1923
  • Date of Death: 17th April 1945
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner B2
  • Decoration: MC
  • Burial Site: Ravenna War Cemetery: Grave I.C.29