Oliver Brooks

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Oliver Brooks
VC
Oliver Brooks VC.jpg
Born 31 May 1889
Paulton, Somerset
Died 25 October 1940(1940-10-25) (aged 51)
Windsor, Berkshire
Buried Windsor Borough Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1906 - 1913, 1914 - 1919
Rank Sergeant
Unit Coldstream Guards
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Oliver Brooks VC (31 May 1889 – 25 October 1940) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Born in Paulton, Somerset, he was 26 years old, and a lance-sergeant in the 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 8 October 1915 near Loos, France, Lance-Sergeant Brooks led a party of bombers against the enemy who had captured 200 yards of Allied trenches. The regaining of this lost ground was entirely due to the bravery and presence of mind of this NCO who accomplished his task in the midst of a hail of bombs from the enemy.[1]

He later achieved the rank of sergeant.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Coldstream Guards RHQ), Wellington Barracks, London

The King was in France at the time. He had been thrown from his horse, which then rolled on top of him. The King sustained a broken pelvis and deep bruising, and he was taken to a hospital train for the journey home. He insisted on presenting the VC to the Lance-Sergeant on the train, so Oliver Brooks came to the King's Bedside but the Monarch was unable to pin it on to the soldier's khaki uniform. But with some assistance it was done - a unique medal ceremony.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 29342". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 October 1915. p. 10629. 

The Illustrated London News, November 13, 1915, pages 630/631