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
Sergison-Brooke (right) with Churchill in London, January 1941
Born 20 July 1880
Died 1967 (aged 86 or 87)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1899–1942
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held London District
1st (Guards) Brigade
15th Infantry Brigade
Grenadier Guards
1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
2nd Guards Brigade
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War
Second World War
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
Mentioned in Despatches
Order of the Crown (Belgium)
Legion of Honour (France)

Lieutenant General Sir Bertram Norman Sergison-Brooke, KCB, KCVO, CMG, DSO (20 July 1880 – 1967) was a senior British Army officer who served as 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 as a second lieutenant on 12 August 1899.[1] He served in the Second Boer War in South Africa, and was promoted to lieutenant on 14 December 1900.[2] Following the end of the war in June 1902 he returned with most of the men of the guards regiments on board the SS Lake Michigan, which arrived in Southampton in October 1902.[3] He then served with the Egyptian Army.[1]

He also served in the First World War, 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.[4]

After the war he became Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion 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 the 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 the Second World War 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.[5]


In 1915 he married Prudence Ida Evelyn Sergison; they had one daughter.[6] Then in 1923 he married Hilda Fenwick; they had one son.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ Hart′s Army list, 1903
  3. ^ "The Army in South Africa - Troops returning home". The Times (36876). London. 18 September 1902. p. 5. 
  4. ^ Senior Officer Casualties
  5. ^ 'Parishes: Slaugham', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7: The rape of Lewes (1940), pp. 181–186 Date accessed: 14 June 2010
  6. ^ a b The
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