A young man of about average build (5'8"; 139 lbs) in A2 category of health, clean-cut appearance. Was polite and responsive during the interview, and has a pleasant personality.
Has been very interested in athletics having played on a dominion championship Junior Basketball team, a Toronto Hockey League Championship team and several Softball teams.
Likes reading and doing mechanical repairs on his car. He has had a semi-skilled mechanical job of some importance.
He appears to be a reliable chap who should get along quite well in the Army. He is very definitely wanted to join the Royal Canadian Artillery, because he has a number of friends who are in that Arm and for other reasons.
B/45183 Gunner Brooks, W.C. First interview 28 Nov 42.
Brooks was selected for Chemical Warfare Mortar Coy and after further interview was accepted by Majors Hendershott and Dickson, Royal Canadian Engineers.
Qualified Pioneer Group "C" on June 18, 1943.
26-8-43 Upon completion of training will be suitable for Overseas services.
Brooks has completed 6 weeks of Advanced Training in R.C.E. and qualified as Fitter. Since he does not wish to return to R.C.E. it is considered advisable to continue in a Combatant Arm.
11 Jul 44 #2 CAC TR Camp Borden, Ontario, Canada.
Qualified Gunner Operator, has taken 4 weeks G.M.T. and 2 weeks Basic D&M. Brooks preferred the R.C.A. but says he is satisfied now with Canadian Armoured Corps and his training here.
Inspection of foregoing and interview indicate suitability for service Overseas (operational) in C.A.C. as Gunner Operator.
Overseas on August 4, 1944.
Assigned to the Highland Light Infantry of Canada on October 18, 1944.
Weapon number: First 18L9294, second 45C6422.
The Highland Light Infantry of Canada war diary reports on October 22, 1944:
Today the other two Units of the Brigade continued to clean out Breskens, Netherlands and finally moved out to the West side of the town where stiff oppositions was expected from a fort (Frederik Hendrik) situated there. At 1200 hrs no opposition from the fort had been encountered. At 1440 hrs we received word to attack Schoondijke, Netherlands at 1530 hrs. The forming up went along smoothly and at 1530 hrs we moved in to take Schoondijke. Tac H.Q. set up 103148 (Gaternisseweg/ Sasputsestraat) on the outskirts of the town. "B" Coy ran into stiff opposition on the North edge of the town and had to use flame throwers with the usual excellent results. By 1800 hrs we were into the centre of the town and the shelling was terrific. Casualties reported were remarkably light. A bulldozer was requested to clear the road into the down for our vehicles as rubble blocked all the roads. A patrol in strenght was laid on to patrol to the water on the West side of the town and by 2100 hrs the action had quietened down and Schoondijke was almost completely in our hands.
Weather - clear, cool. Morale - 100% plus.
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