101405 Captain John Rudesind BROOKES, MC, MiD, Royal Army Chaplains’ Department att'd 1 Irish Guards

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    Personal Number: 101405
    Rank: Captain
    Name: Reverend John Rudesind BROOKES, OBE, MC, TD, MiD
    Unit: Royal Army Chaplains’ Department attached 1 Irish Guards

    30 June 1915
    Commissioned 2/4 South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) TA

    26 October 1916
    Commissioned Irish Guards

    London Gazette : 4 August 1939
    The undermentioned to be Chaplns. to the Forces, 4th Cl:—
    Rev. John Rudesind BROOKES. 9th June 1939.

    London Gazette : 11 April 1941
    Downside Sch. Contgt.
    Capt. J. R. Brookes (101405), from R.A.R.O. (R.A. Ch. Dept.), to be Capt. for serv. with the Contgt. 11th Apr. 1941.

    London Gazette : 25 August 1942
    Capt. J. R. Brookes (101405), from T.A., Gen. List, to be Chapln. to the Forces, 4th Cl. (R.C.). 15th Aug. 1942.

    London Gazette : 23 September 1943
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.
    Royal Army Chaplains' Department.
    Rev. J. R. Brookes, C.F. 4th Cl. (101405), (Res. of Off.)

    London Gazette : 21 December 1944
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy: —
    The Military Cross.
    The Reverend John Rudesind Brookes (101405), Chaplain, to the Forces Fourth Class (acting Chaplain to the Forces Third Class), Royal Army Chaplains' Department.

    London Gazette : 28 August 1956
    Commission resigned.
    Rev. J. R. BROOKES. M.C. (503475). 4th June 1956.

    London Gazette : 23 October 1956
    Appointment to commission (honorary).
    As Chaplain, with the relative rank of Squadron Leader:—
    Rev. John Rudesind BROOKES. M.C. (503475). 4th June 1956.
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    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details
    Name Brookes, Dom Rudesind
    Rank: Chaplain to the forces 4th Class
    Service No: P/101405
    Regiment: 1 Battalion Irish Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 21 December 1944

    24th Guards Brigade, 1st British Division, 6th American Corps
    P/101405 Dom Rudesind BROOKES, OSB, Ch. D., Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, acting 3rd Class, attached 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

    Father Brookes has been the chaplain attached to this Battalion ever since it came abroad. He has now served in both the Tunisian and Italian campaigns. In both these campaigns he has show almost unbelievable devotion to duty and bravery. No wounded or dying man wherever he may be has gone without Father Brookes’ attention.

    He has been in places where the fire was impossibly heavy and yet he has given comfort to the dying without any thought for his own safety.

    During the last few weeks, in probably the fiercest fighting the British Army has yet seen, this Priest moved through shot and shell never appearing too tired to go to the furthest points to help a wounded man. He acted as the Medical Officer’s assistant and on many occasions helped the stretcher bearers in their dangerous tasks of carrying men in.

    There are not words strong enough to describe the wonderful and shining example Father Brookes gave to all ranks, and all the officers and men of this Battalion would give testimony to the tireless kindliness, inspiration, and help they all received from his hand. His personal bravery in addition to his priestly qualities gain him the admiration of all. The sight of Father Brookes pacing up and down reading his Breviary under heavy fire has restored the confidence of many a shaken man.

    In recognition of this Chaplain’s extreme gallantry and unsparing devotion to duty, I recommend he be awarded the Military Cross.

    Signed C.A. Montagu-Douglas-Scott
    Commanding 1st Battalion Irish Guards
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    • Father Dolly, The Guardsman Monk, The Memoirs of Captain the Right Reverend Dom Rudesind Brookes, OBE, MC, TD, OS, Titular Abbot of Sherborne, sometime Irish Guards, monk of Downside, and Army and Royal Air Force Chaplain
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    From The Universe, 21 December 1984:

    Dom Rudesind Brookes, OSB, OBE, Titular Abbot of Sherborne, who won the Military Cross while serving in Anzio, Italy, as a chaplain to the Irish Guards; at Downside Abbey, Bath, on Monday; aged 85.

    He served as a subaltern with the Irish Guards in the First World War. His commanding officer who became a life long friend was the future Field Marshall Lord Alexander.

    In 1921 he went as ADC to the Governor of Malta where he probably gained his vocation; because at the end of his training in 1925 he resigned his commission and entered the Benedictine novitiate at Downside.

    In the Second World War he returned to his old regiment as chaplain and was with the Irish Guards in Tunisia and at Anzio where he won the M.C. for “extreme gallantry and devotion to duty.”

    After the war he was parish priest of Beccles, Suffolk, before returning in 1956 to Malta as a chaplain and unofficial liaison officer between the Governor and the Archbishop at the time of the Mintoff dispute. While there he also became Headmaster of St. Edward’s College.

    In 1966 he was appointed a titular abbot and went as Abbot Procuator to Rome where he remained for 11 years.

    From The Times, 19 February 1985:

    A requiem Mass for Chaplain the Right Rev. Dom Rudesind Brookes, OSB, Titular Abbot of Sherborne, late Irish Guards, will be celebrated at the Little Oratory, alongside the Brompton Oratory, at 5.30pm on Wednesday, February 27, by Dom Eric Phillips and Father Alastair Russell.
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