Bertram Sergison-Brooke

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Sir Bertram Sergison-Brooke
Winston Churchill raises his hat in salute during an inspection of the 1st American Squadron of the Home Guard at Horse Guards Parade in London, 9 January 1941. H6550.jpg
With Churchill in London on 9 Jan 1941
Born 20 July 1880
Died 1967 (aged 86 or 87)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1899 - 1942
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 2nd (Guards) Brigade
1st Bn Grenadier Guards
Grenadier Guards
15th Infantry Brigade
1st (Guards) Brigade
London District
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant General Sir Bertram Norman Sergison-Brooke KCB KCVO CMG DSO (20 July 1880 – 1967) was Major-General commanding the Brigade of Guards and General Officer Commanding London District. He was born Bertram Norman Brooke but changed his surname in 1915 following his marriage to his first wife.

Military career[edit]

Brooke was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1899.[1] He served in the Second Boer War and then with the Egyptian Army.[1]

He also served in World War I, initially as Assistant Embarkation Officer in Southampton and then as a Brigade Major in France.[1] By 1917 he was commanding 2nd (Guards) Brigade but was gassed on the Western Front.[2]

After the War he became Commanding Officer of 1st Bn Grenadier Guards and then, in 1923, went on to be Commander of the Grenadier Guards and Regimental District.[1] He was appointed Commander of 15th Infantry Brigade in China in 1927 and then Commander of 1st (Guards) Brigade at Aldershot in 1928.[1] 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.[1] He retired in 1939 but, with World War II underway, he was recalled as General Officer Commanding London District.[1] He retired again in 1942.[1]

He was British Red Cross Commissioner with the Allied Army of Liberation from 1943 to 1945.[1]

His home was in Slaugham in West Sussex.[3]


In 1915 he married Prudence Ida Evelyn Sergison; they had one daughter.[4] Then in 1923 he married Hilda Fenwick; they had one son.[4]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Grant
GOC London District
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Thorne
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Thorne
GOC London District
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Smith