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

Less We Forget Poppy


APPENDIX A – EXTENDED BROOKS FAMILY GENEALOGY

A.13.0   The AJ Brooks Family Line Back in Eastern Canada

A.13.2:   1930 to 1938 The Brooks Family Early Life in Montreal

Fred Brooks continued to pursue his prospecting activities on first arriving in Montreal.

Hubert, Doris and Maynard Brooks Montreal 1930
PHOTO Courtesy: Hubert Brooks Private Collection
PHOTO of Hubert, Doris and Maynard Brooks  Montreal 1930
Hubert and Maynard Brooks Montreal 1930
PHOTO Courtesy: Hubert Brooks Private Collection
PHOTO of Hubert and Maynard Brooks  Montreal 1930

Brooks Family in Montreal 1930:
Laura, Hubert, Maynard, Doris, Hubert
PHOTO Courtesy: Hubert Brooks Private Collection
PHOTO of Brooks Family in Montreal 1930: Laura, Hubert, Maynard, Doris, Hubert
Montreal 1930: Fred Brooks with family Friend Holding Maynard
PHOTO Courtesy: Hubert Brooks Private Collection
 PHOTO of Fred and Maynard Brooks  and Another Montreal 1930



Death of Maynard Brooks in Montreal

December 2, 1930 Maynard Brooks died in Montreal at the age of two years and five months.
He was buried on December 3rd in Montreal at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery -- the largest cemetery in Canada and the third-largest in North America.
Maynard was buried in an area "PF" specially reserved for children (no specific grave stone) just north of the statue in area E/K4000 of the cemetery.
According to the Cemetery, regardless if the child had been baptised or not, it was the "custom" at the time, for families without a pre-existing "family cemetery plot", especially families that were not financially well-to-do, to bury young children in common burial plots such as area PF in Notre-Dame-des-Neiges.

Partial Map of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery
Showing Area PF (yellow) Reserved For Small Children Behind Statue (white)
Where Maynard Brooks is Buried in an Unmarked Grave.
 Partial Map of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Showing Area PF Reserved For Small Children
Google Aerial Map of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery
Showing Area PF Reserved For Small Children Behind Statue (white)
Where Maynard Brooks is Buried in an Unmarked Grave.
 Google Aerial Map of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Showing Area PF Reserved For Small Children
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Certification for Burial of Maynard (Ménard) Brooks
 Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Certification for Burial of Maynard (Ménard) Brooks
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Burial Certificate for Maynard (Ménard) Brooks
 Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Burial Certificate for Maynard (Ménard) Brooks

There are a couple of interesting points to note in the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Burial Certificate for Maynard Brooks.
First, Maynard's name is spelt as (Ménard) - the French version of Maynard -- contradicting Laura's Baby Book entry and other family history that the spelling is Maynard.
Second, Laura Farand's last name is spelt as Pharand -- something we have been told is incorrect.
Finally, Brooks is spelt as Brook.
Was this information entry done over the phone, or did some well-meaning clerk want to put a french spin on the input?

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Statue in Area PF
In Front of where Maynard Brooks is Buried
 Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Statue in Area PF
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Side View of Cemetery Statue in Area PF
Maynard Brooks and other Young Children Are Buried in Unmarked Graves Behind the Statue
 Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Side View of Cemetery Statue in Area PF
 Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Children Momument in Area PF

This was obviously a very sad time for Alfred and Laura Brooks coming almost 10 years after the death of the twins in Alberta. What little solice could be taken at that time was that Hubert and Doris were healthy, active children.

Hubert Brooks at St. Nicolas High School and Plateau Academy in Montreal



Hubert Brooks was educated in Montreal, in French, attending St. Nicolas High School and then Plateau Academy between 1938 and 1940 where he was keen at mathematics.

He was also a hockey player of note.

While in Montreal Hubert Brooks took up caddying at a local golf course to provide money for his mother while father was away prospecting.

An extract from Hubert Brooks' application to the RCAF (image at right) provides a limited insight into his life in Montreal.

 PHOTO of Hubert Brooks in Montreal at a young age
 Hubert Brooks RCAF Application Form 2
 Hubert Brooks RCAF Application Form 3
 Hubert Brooks RCAF Application Form 4
 Hubert Brooks RCAF Application Form 5
Plateau High School Montreal 1937:
Hubert Brooks Middle Row Far Left
PHOTOS Courtesy: Hubert Brooks Private Collection
 PHOTO 1 of Hubert Brooks Class photo at Plateau Academy in Montreal

Plateau High School Montreal 1938:
Hubert Brooks Seated Far Left in First Row with Arms Folded
PHOTOS Courtesy: Hubert Brooks Private Collection
 PHOTO 2 of Hubert Brooks Class photo at Plateau Academy in Montreal


 

PHOTO of Montreal's Plateau Academy HOCKEY TEAM
Hubert Brooks is 6th from the left
PHOTO Courtesy: Hubert Brooks Private Collection
 PHOTO of Montreal's Plateau Academy HOCKEY TEAM



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