Less We Forget Poppy


The Life and Times of Hubert Brooks M.C. C.D.
A Canadian Hero

Less We Forget Poppy


Chapter 4: Military Awards and The Polish Medals Controversy

Section 4.2: The Military Cross

The British Air Ministry made the 1st announcement on Oct. 8, 1946, that Brooks was awarded the Military Cross for his courage, perseverance, and ingenuity.
The citation described his escapes, but made no mention of his work with the Polish Home Army. The Military Cross is a rare award for an airman. Brooks also had two mentions in dispatches. Click the ONLINE LINK to access The London Gazette citation reference.

(The British Army authorities awarded John Duncan the British Military Medal which was announced in The London Gazette on 20.9.1945 and published Tuesday 8–Oct–1946. The War Office file number for the award was 68/GEN/6986/29. )

The Military Cross Award was formally presented by Governor General Viscount Alexander to Hubert Brooks at Government House in Ottawa, 14 November 1950.

Image Hubert Brooks Military Cross citation extract

Brooks was one of the five members of the R.C.A.F. awarded the Military Cross in World War II. (The Military Cross is essentially an Army award.)

Brooks' WW II citation is the longest of anyone in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Image Hubert Brooks Military Cross citation Letter 1
Image Hubert Brooks Military Cross citation Letter 2


Photo Hubert Brooks as wife exams Military Cross
Image Montreal Journal caption re Hubert Brooks Military Cross award


Newspaper Photo 1 Hubert Brooks Military Cross award Newspaper Photo 2 Hubert Brooks Military Cross award Newspaper Photo 3 Hubert Brooks Military Cross award

Newspaper Photo 4 Hubert Brooks Military Cross award Newspaper Photo 5 Hubert Brooks Military Cross award

BROOKS, P/O Hubert (J94368) – Mention in Dispatches – No.419 Squadron – Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.

Clipping in file notes he had lived eight years in Ottawa (to age of 12) before going to Montreal. Described by his sister Doris as "too full of the devil for the Nazis to hold!"




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