Gerald Harris Brooks

BROOKS, Colonel Gerald Harris

Gerald Brooks was born in 1897 and on joining the Army in 1916, volunteered "for a very secret project", namely the newly introduced tanks. He was badly wounded at Passchendaele in 1917 and captured by the Germans, but he managed to escape and hid in a shell-
hole to avoid recapture. His head wound was so bad that he spent 5 months in hospital.

He spent some time in the West Yorkshire Regiment, before transferring to the Tank Corps and served in India between the wars. In 1941 he became commander of the 48th Royal Tank Regiment throughout their campaigns in North Africa and Italy. In 1944 he was appointed second-in-command of 25th Tank Brigade and was subsequently Liaison Officer with the Italian Folgore Brigade, who were by then allies.

Colonel Gerald Brooks died in 1988 at the age of 90.

1939-45 STAR

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AFRICA STAR, 1ST ARMY BAR

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BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

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DEFENCE MEDAL

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INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL, WAZIRISTAN 1921-24 BAR

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ITALY STAR

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VICTORY MEDAL

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WAR MEDAL

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